Books and edited volumes / special issues

The question of the lamas: violence, sovereignty and exception in early socialist Mongolia, University of Hawai'i Press, forthcoming.

‘The Political Life of Documents: Archives, Memory and Contested Knowledge,’ , edited with Catherine Trundle, 2011
Special issue of the journal History and anthropology. 22(4)

The history of Mongolia, edited with David Sneath, 3 volumes. Global Oriental, 2010.
A collection of key articles by both Western and Mongolian scholars, as well as translations of source documents from the Mongolian.

Truth, history and politics in Mongolia: the memory of heroes. RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
Click on the title to read Chapter One in PDF format, or click the cover below to order it from Amazon.

Book cover

Editor, Twentieth century Mongolia, by Baabar. White Horse Press, 1999.
This one is also available (much more cheaply) in Mongolia as 'The History of Mongolia,' which shows up every so often with a new cover.

Selected articles and chapters in books

Forthcoming ‘Intimate documents: trust and secret police files in post-socialist Mongolia’ Intimacy, Trust and the Social, V. Broch-Due and M. Ystanes, eds.

2012 ‘Resorting to violence: technologies of exception, contingent states, and the repression of Buddhist lamas in 1930s Mongolia’ Ethnos 77(1):72-92.

2011 ‘Archived relations: repression, rehabilitation and the secret life of documents in Mongolia’The Political Life of Documents, special issue of History and Anthropology. 22(4): 431-444.

2011 ‘Introduction: the political life of documents’, with Catherine Trundle, The Political Life of Documents, special issue of History and Anthropology 22(4): 407-414.

2010 'Data, basically: computers, context and anthropological data'. Inner Asia 12(1):47-60.

2010 'Introduction' with Uradyn Bulag and Yuki Konagawa, Inner Asia, 12(1).

2010 'Introduction: Qing' in The history of Mongolia, Volume 3. D. Sneath and C. Kaplonski, eds. Global Oriental

2010 'Introduction: Twentieth Century Mongolia' in The history of Mongolia, Volume 3. D. Sneath and C. Kaplonski, eds. Global Oriental

2010 'Democracy comes to Mongolia' in The history of Mongolia, Volume 3. D. Sneath and C. Kaplonski, eds. Global Oriental

2009 “Neither truth nor reconciliation: political violence and the surfeit of memory in post-socialist Mongolia” Perpetrators, Accomplices and Victims in Twentieth-Century Politics: Reckoning with the Past. A. Khazanov and S. Payne, eds. London: Routledge

2008 'The end of post-socialism? An account of the 1st of July riots in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,' with Gregory Delaplace and David Sneath Inner Asia.

2008 'Neither truth nor reconciliation: political violence and the singularity of memory in post-socialist Mongolia' Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 9(2):371-388.

2008 'Prelude to violence: show trials and state power in 1930s Mongolia' American Ethnologist, 35(2):321-337.

2006 'Exemplars and heroes: the individual and the moral in the Mongolian political imagination' States of mind: Power, place and the subject in Inner Asia, David Sneath, ed. Pp. 63-90. Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University.

2005 'The case of the disappearing Chinggis Khaan: dismembering the remembering' Ab Imperio, 4/2005: 147-173.

2003 'Editor's Introduction' Inner Asia. 5(2).

2002 'Thirty thousand bullets: remembering political repression in Mongolia' in Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe: Ghosts at the Table of Democracy, Kenneth Christie and Robert Cribb, eds. Pp. 155-168. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

2001 'Reconstructing Mongolian nationalism: the view ten years on' in Mongolian political and economic development during the past ten years and future prospect, pp. 329-365. Taipei: Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

2000 'The role of the Mongols in Eurasian history: a reassessment' in The Role of Migration in the History of the Eurasian Steppe : Sedentary Civilization Vs. 'Barbarian' and Nomad, Andrew Bell, ed. Pp. 251-274. New York: St. Martin's Press.

1999 'Blame, guilt and avoidance: the struggle to control the past in post-socialist Mongolia' History and Memory 11(2):94-114.
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1998 'Creating national identity in socialist Mongolia' Central Asian Survey. 17(1):35-49.
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1997 'One hundred years of history: changing paradigms in Mongolian historiography' Inner Asia: Occasional Papers. 2(1):48-68.

1993 'Collective memory and Chingunjav's rebellion' History and Anthropology 6(2-3):235-259.

Please download the PDF version of my CV for the full listings, which also includes recent and significant book reviews.

A note on digitized versions, and acknowledgements

Please be aware that the PDF versions of the files I am offering here are (for the most part) scans I have myself made from offprints of the published articles. As a result, the scans aren't always picture perfect. More often than not, this is due to the original offprint I was working from. All the files, nonetheless, are perfectly fine in terms of legibility, etc.

Permission to offer Chapter One of Truth, history and politics in Mongolia and "Thirty thousand bullets: remembering political repression in Mongolia" here courtesy of Taylor and Francis, the publishers.
Permission to offer 'Creating national identity...' and "Collective Memory and Chingunjav's Rebellion" here courtesy of
Permission to offer 'Blame, guilt and avoidance' here courtesy of Indiana University Press.

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