Saturday, May 08, 2004

China, The Y�an dynasty

On Chinese contacts with Asia and the West, see E. Bretschneider, Mediaeval Research from Eastern Asiatic Sources: Fragments Towards the Knowledge of the Geography and History of Central and Western Asia from the 13th to the 17th Century, 2 vol. (1888, reprinted 1967); Herbert Franke, �Sino-Western Contacts Under the Mongol Empire,� Journal of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 6:49 - 72 (1966); Leonard Olschki, Marco Polo's Asia: An Introduction to His �Description of the World� called �Il Milione� (1960; originally published in Italian, 1957); and Igor de Rachewiltz, Papal Envoys to the Great Khans (1971).

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