Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
The Mongols helped improve the rise in cultural communication, improved civilization and expanded trade in nearly every country they conquered/invaded. At one point the Mongols made a decision to push out and attack both the Sung Dynasty and Europe simultaneously (p144). The campaign in Europe despite being successful yielded very little value in comparison to the cities that where conquered by Genghis Khan. The Mongols were very disappointed with the general poverty in the area and didn’t bother to incorporate it into their empire. Europe suffered the least yet still benefited from the envoys exchanged between the kings of Europe and the Mongol khans. Many aspects of European life changed because of Mongol influence. Their warfare, clothing, commerce and even music changed because of the Mongols. It is surprising how, during the eighteenth century Enlightenment, Mongols became a symbol of everything evil or defective in Europe. This happened after the bubonic plaque struck and the Mongol Empire collapsed. The plague cut off the Mongols in Persia from the ones in Russia, China, and Mongolia. By cutting off trade, this pandemic deprived the Mongol Golden Family of its support from each other. Since the Mongols were considered foreigners, their subjects only accepted them because they constructed a flow of trade goods even after the strength of their army was depleted. Without trade and military reinforcement from the other branches of the Golden Family, each branch was left in an extremely hostile situation (p247). As a result of the plague, the Mongol Empire was shattered. A Turkic warrior tried to restore the Mongol Empire but, in his attempts to do so, he didn’t follow the ways of Genghis Khan. He tortured people and he liked to slaughter without any reason. He claimed to be a descendant of Genghis Khan and this led to people assuming that all Mongols were like him. His terrible deeds became tied to people’s...
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