Nicola Di Cosmo


Nicola Di Cosmo received his Ph.D. from the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies (now Central Eurasian Studies) at Indiana University in 1991, and held research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in 2003. His main field of research is the history of the relations between China and Inner Asia from prehistory to the modern period. Within that broad area he has published on the early history of China’s relations with steppe nomads (e.g., Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Powers in East Asian History, 2002) and on Mongol and Manchu history (e.g., Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest, 2003), and he has edited several books, including Military Culture in Imperial China (2009) and The Cambridge History of Inner Asia (2009). His most recent works explore the use of proxy data from climatology and other palaeosciences in the study of the history of China and Central Asia, with special reference to early Eurasian nomads, the Mongol empire, and the Qing dynasty.


The Diary of a Manchu Soldier in Seventeenth-Century China
Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History
Empires and Exchanges in Eurasian Late Antiquity
Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest
Military Culture in Imperial China
Warfare in Inner Asian History (500-1800)
Political Frontiers, Ethnic Boundaries, and Human Geographies in Chinese History
Di Cosmo Book
Orangkae-eui Tansaeng