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By David Durand-Guédy

For almost a millennium, a wide a part of Asia used to be governed by means of Turkic or Mongol dynasties of nomadic starting place. What was once the angle of those dynasties in the direction of the various towns they managed, a few of that have been of substantial dimension? To what volume did they stay like their matters? How did they evolve? Turko-Mongol Rulers, towns and City-life goals to develop the point of view at the factor of situation of rule during this specific context through bringing jointly experts in a variety of sessions, from pre-Chingissid Eurasia to nineteenth-century Iran, and of assorted disciplines (history, archaeology, heritage of art).
Contributors comprise: Michal Biran, David Durand-Guédy, Kurt Franz, Peter Golden, Minoru Inaba, Nobuaki Kondo, Yuri Karev, Tomoko Masuya, Charles Melville, Jürgen Paul and Andrew Peacock

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E. 5 Scholars are just beginning to explore these long-term camps and more permanent settlements. Cities in the Turko-Nomadic World As a preface to any discussion of ‘proto-urban’ or urban ‘places of power’, something must be said about ‘urbanism’ in the early Turko-nomadic world and how the nomads viewed cities. More than one pre-Chinggisid nomadic polity considered the practicality of having a fixed capital and court, but nomad attitudes towards cities were filled with ambivalence. Nomads wanted access to cities for trade, but were wary of them and—with the occasional exception of the elite—feared sedentarisation and disdained those who sedentarised (see below).

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