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Were the Mongols Really That Barbaric?

A view into the culture and life of the mongols

Olajumoke Jegede

on 15 November 2012

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Were the Mongols Barbarians? An Intro... In the course of history, the great Mongols were portrayed as ruthless barbarians with the main focus of obtaining wealth and power, but also as smart and tactical people who's leaders were excellent at warfare. The word "barbarian" was originally a Greek word that meant foreigner. Starting in the 1200s and continuing today, the word has changed to mean uncivilized, savage, and even evil. But the question is, were the Mongols really that barbaric? Our Thesis Although the Mongols may have had some form of civilization and organization, ultimately they were a ruthless people that had little respect for any other society but themselves. They had cruel ways of treating the people they conquered, strict policies or ways of life, and merciless battle tactics. By: Olajumoke Jegede and
Shannon Moore Background Info:
The Life of the Mongols The Mongols lived in yurts, which were round tents that could be easily moved. They were nomads, meaning that they moved to the next best prosperous part of the Gobi Desert (where they lived) The Mongols Had No... The mongols were a farming and pasture people. ...mining ...metal working ...written language ...and no permanent homes The Mongols had Strict Policies Over the People they Ruled... The Mongols were cruel to the many people they conquered... Document D:
"...they throw Greek fire (napalm); they even take the fat of the people they kill and, melting it, throw (catapult) it on to the houses..." Document D:
"...but the others, with the exception of those they wish to have as slaves, they kill with the axe... Document E:
" They severed the heads of the slain from their bodies and heaped them up in piles..." Again, they were nomads The cruel tactics used in battle and while ravaging the towns they passed through, show how barbaric they were... But that's not all! Document N: Mongol Rule "Whoever commits adultery will be executed, whether or not they have previous convictions" "If an Unbeliever (i.e. a Mongol) desires a married woman he will kill the husband and then have relations with the woman" "...if he oversteps this limit he makes himself guilty of a punishable offense The way of life was violent and any wrong turn could result in death. The Mongols Harsh Battle Tactics From: "The Mongols: How Barbaric Were the "Barbarians"?

"Despite being outnumbered three to one, the Mongol's handily defeated an army of 75,000 Russians. From Document D: "Carpini on Battle Tactics"

"...sometimes they make figures of men and set them on horses. They do this to give the impression that a great crowd of fighting men is assembled there" From Document D: "Carpini on Battle Tactics"

"If the position of the fortress allows it, they surround it, sometimes even fencing it round so that no one can enter or leave." The ways the Mongols took over the places they conquered was with no mercy and no thought of the people inside those places. In Conclusion The Mongols, as they have been called, really were the definition of barbarian that is used as a term today. They were as this definition says:

bar·bar·i·an [bahr-bair-ee-uhn]
a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.
a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.
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