chapter  5
The icebergs of history
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The Mongolian historian Sh. Bira noted in an address some thirty years ago that “at the present moment [Asian historiography] assumes ever greater importance in connection with the great historical events which are taking place in Eastern countries” (Bira 1977a: 366). His words, referring to the collapse of colonialism, and the rise of socialism in Asia and Africa, are perhaps even more relevant with the collapse of state socialism in Mongolia and the re-evaluations of history that accompanied it.