Volume Three of Igor de Rachewiltz’s annotated translation of the
Secret History of the Mongols (Brill 2004, 2006), now regarded as the standard English version of this epic biography of Činggis Qan, is both a complement and a supplement to the first two volumes. On the one hand it revises and updates the work to the end of 2012, and on the other it introduces new interpretations and ideas about both the identity of its anonymous author and the date of its composition. It is, therefore, an indispensable companion volume for all readers and users of the earliest Mongolian literary production which contains, in the words of Arthur Waley, ‘some of the most vivid primitive literature that exists anywhere in the world.’
The Secret History of the Mongols has been selected by
Outstanding Academic Title (2005).
Igor De Rachewiltz, Ph.D. (1961), Australian National University, is Adjunct Professor and Research Associate in the School of Culture, History and Language of that university. A leading authority on the mediaeval Mongols and the Yuan Dynasty of China he is the author of numerous publications on Sino-Mongolistics, his major work being the annotated translation of the famous 13th century epic chronicle known as the
Secret History of the Mongols (Brill, 2004, 2006).
"Igor De Rachewiltz's ability and talent to keep track of, accumulate and sort out a flurry of publications on the SH, combined with his profound knowledge of the subject, has resulted in a unique three-volume publication unmatched in the past and unlikely to remain so in the foreseeable future." – Natalia Sergeeva Yakhontova, in:
Written Monuments of the Orient 2015/1
"This is a book of great erudition and extraordinary detail. All of us in the field of Mongolian Studies owe Igor de Rachewiltz a tremendous debt of gratitude for pressing on with this new volume rather than resting on the laurels justly earned by his publication of the two earlier volumes." – John C. Street,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, in:
Mongolian Studies 34 (2012)
"…de Rachewiltz sweeps the board in a most convincing way." – D.O. Morgan, in:
Social Anthropology, 2005
Historians of China and Central Asia in the 12th-13th centuries, Sino-Mongolists, Altaic philologists and anyone interested in the literature and folklore of nomadic peoples.