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The website for the full Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia project is now up and running at Please visit us there. This project will shortly be ported to that site as well.

The Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia is a collaborative research project of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at the University of Cambridge and the International Association for Mongol Studies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The project began in the fall of 2005 and ran as a pilot project through the summer of 2007.

The project was awarded a five-year grant from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This will allow us to pursue the project on a more intensive basis over the next few years. Work began on this phase of the project in the fall of 2007.

What does this mean in terms of this website? For the time being, not much. Most of the work will be taking place behind the scenes. The project team has several years of work ahead of it, conducting, transcribing, and translating the interviews, as well as designing the database and other parts of the website. We will from time to time, when possible, add some sample interviews, audio excerpts or other features to the website, but the full database will not be on-line for several more years.

In its completed form, the project will include a searchable database of over 500 interviews and supporting material in Mongolian and English, available on this site. You can read more about what we are doing in this introduction to the project. Check back for updates and more information.

The sample interviews are not displaying in the newest versions of Firefox and Safari. This will be fixed as soon as I have the time, but for now, IE is sloppy enough to accept the technically incorrect code causing the problem.

Please note that the Mongolian version of the home page and other parts of the website are not as up to date as the English version. We hope to rectify this fairly soon.

This site is a work in progress. The layout and features will change and evolve on a regular basis. To be added to a mailing list to keep up to date with the project, please e-mail info at