Archive for November 24th, 2010

Around the World – Mongolia

A Mongolian yert.

The next stop in our reading voyage around the world is Mongolia, a land-locked country in Asia known best for the people who give it its name: the Mongols. The actual country of Mongolia has only been internationally recognized since 1945, but has existed as the homeland of the Mongols and Genghis Khan for centuries. Today, its known for its rugged beauty and culture – influenced by Tibet and China. Here are a few other tidbits:


  • Over the past twenty years, Mongolia has been moving from being a communism to democracy.
  • Mongolia is one of the few places in the world in which nomadic life is still practiced.
  • Although it is one of the least densely populated countries and heavily rural, Mongolia has one of the highest literacy rates (at 97%).



The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs by Michael J. Novacek

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by J. McIver Weatherford

A History of Inner Asia by Svatopluk Soucek

How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World: The Vikings, Vandals, Huns, Mongols, Goths, and Tartars Who Razed the Old World and Formed the New by Thomas J.  Craughwell

In the Empire of Genghis Khan: A Journey Among Nomads by Stanley Stewart

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by J. McIver Weatherford

The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo

Walking the Gobi: A 1600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair by Helen Thayer



BBC Country Profile: Mongolia

CIA World Factbook: Mongolia


PBS: Journey to Planet Earth – Stories of Hope: Mongolia

Wikipedia: Mongolia