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Higher Order Questions


-Mongolia lays between Russia and China today.

The Mongols

-A nomadic people from the Steppe, known for:

-Skills on horseback



-Courage in Battle

-Thirst for conquest and territory

Nomads of the Asian Steppe

The Mongols would swoop down and pillage to the South.

-The Steppe

-Vast belts of dry grasslands

-Trade routes that connect East and West

The Western Steppe was the original home of the Hittite Invaders.  The Eastern Step was the original home of the Huns, Turks and the Mongols.

-Geography of the Steppe

-Steppe has little rain, dramatic seasonal temperature differences:

—57 to 96 degrees F

-The climate is milder and has more rainfall in the Western Steppe

Higher Order Question: Why were peoples of the Steppe nomadic?

Answer: Poor climate and land for farming

Higher Order Question: Why did people migrate from East to West?

Answer: Milder climate, better conditions

Culture: The traditions, customs or way of life of a community

-The Nomadic Way of Life

As the Mongols returned to these places they considered their own, other tribes may have taken over those lands-which lead to a lot of conflicts.  Keeping ownership of land while not actually living on it was difficult.

-Steppe nomads are pastoralists: herd domesticated animals.

-Way of life teaches Asian nomads to be skilled horse riders

-Nomads travel in clans: kin groups linked by a common ancestor

-They did not wander

They followed a path every year

Higher Order Question: Why is a clan group suitable for the Steppe?

Answer: the harsh conditions made families interdependent: or reliant on each other.

-Steppe Nomads and settled societies

-Nomads and people living in settled communities often interact

-Some interactions peaceful, as in trade

-Sometimes nomads raid towns and cities to seize wealth, goods

-Strong state or empire could protect it’s lands from these invasions

Higher Order Question: How might the values of settled and nomadic societies differ?

Answer: Stability, permanence and ownership.

The Rise of the Mongols

Temujin is Mongolian for “iron worker”

-Genghis Kahn Unites The Mongols

-About 1200 AD, Genghis Kahn “Universal Ruler” unites Mongols.

-Real Name Temujin

-Genghis Kahn was motivated by revenge.

-The Tartars had poisoned Temujin’s father and he wanted revenge!

-The Chinese had put them up to it.

-Chinese Influence

The Chinese had paid the Tartars to murder Timujen’s father because he was becoming too powerful.

-The Chinese kept the Mongol Clans constantly warring with each other

-The strategy was to keep them fighting each other so they wouldn’t unite and attack the Chinese

-Oirats, Naimans, Kereyids, Merkids, Tartars, Mongols, Onguts

Conquest- The Subjugation and assumption of control of a place, people by use of military force


-Starting around 1200 AD, Temujin began to unify the Mongol Clans through conquest

-By 1206, Temujin had united the Mongols under his leadership

-Given the title: Genghis Kahn, “Universal Ruler”

Higher Order Question: What factors would someone trying to unify clans have to consider?

Answer: Resistance, animosity and how to provide and protect a large number of people

-Revenge on the Chinese

Genghis Kahn’s father was poisoned by the Tartars who were paid by the Chinese. Zhongdu, was the capital of the Jin Dynasty (Present day Beijing)

-Genghis Kahn seeks to pillage and destroy the Chinese Jin Dynasty

-Rebellion at Home

Genghis Kahn set up a system of communications called the Yam, very similar to the Pony Express.

-As Genghis Kahn chased the rebels, he conquered kingdom after kingdom creating a vast empire.

-Genghis the Conqueror

-A brilliant organizer

-Uses brutality to terrorize enemies, force surrender

-Organization of the Mongol Army

-Armies (10,000), Brigades (1,000), Company (100), Squad (10)

-Mongol Strategy

-Terror and surprise

-Genghis Kahn destroyed any town or state that defied him

-Before they even attacked, fear and panic griped the state.

-Difficult to defend when panicked in fear- paralyzed

-They might kill the entire population to create fear!

The Mongol Empire

-Death and Succession

-Genghis Kahn dies in 1227

-Successors continue conquests for 50 years

Higher Order Question: Was the empire strengthened by making descendants of Genghis leaders?

Answer: Yes- Armies are more likely to be loyal to descendants, No-  Populations were too diverse to be loyal

-The Kahanates

After Genghis Kahn’s death, his sons and grand sons continued to conquer territory.

-In East: Mongols conquer Northern China and invade Korea

-In West: Mongols take Kiev and threaten Vienna and Venice

-In 1250’s: Mongols turn their attention to Persia.

-By 1260: Mongol Empire split into Khanates, four regions

Higher Order Question: What reasons do you see to break up Genghis Kahn’s Empire?

Answer: The empire had become to big to control.  Also, this may have avoided fighting amongst his descendants for control of the empire.

-The Mongols As Rulers

-Mongol rulers are tolerant of other peoples, cultures.

-Some Mongols adopt local ways leading to a split among the Khanates

-As the Mongols took over Persia they converted to Islam.

Higher Order Question: The Mongols were great conquerors but poor rulers? (Defend Your answer)

-The Mongol Peace

-Pax Mongolica: peaceful period of prosperity from mid 1200’s to Mid 1300’s AD

Higher Order Question: Why would Mongols concern themselves about traders safe passage on the trade routes?

The Mongols grew rich from the trade from taxing goods on the routes. Safer trade meant more wealth.

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