The Precious Summary: A History of the Mongols from Chinggis Khan to the Qing Dynasty
By Sagang Sechen, translated by Johan Elverskog
Columbia University Press, forthcoming March 2023
The Mongols are famous on account of Chinggis Khan and the empire they built and ruled in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Yet, what became of the Mongols after the glories of the empire? This is the history that Sagang Sechen relates in the Precious Summary, which was written in 1662, shortly after the Mongols’ submission to the Manchu Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The Precious Summary offers an unparalleled historical perspective on what happened in China and Inner Asia from the late fourteenth century to the founding of the Qing dynasty in the early seventeenth century.