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Were the Mongols Barbaric?

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Emily Lynch

on 24 November 2012

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Who were the Mongols?
Nomads from present day Mongolia
Conquered more land in 25 years than Romans did in 400 years
Controlled more than 11 million contiguous sq. mi Were the Mongols Barbaric?
By: Caitlin LaBo and Emily Lynch What is a Barbarian?
A member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations (Greek, Roman, etc.)
An uncultured or brutish person As seen through their conquering of other civilizations, the Mongols were a nomadic and barbaric tribe. However, they also made many great strides that shaped history for centuries to come. What is a Nomad?
A member of a people having no permanent abode, and travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock Competed with other nomadic peoples for pasture, land & livestock
Lived in Yurts
Did not like settled societies- supercilious
(background essay) No mining
No metal working
No written language- did not leave much evidence of their society
No permanent Mongol society
(background essay) According to the first definition, the Mongols were Barbarians due to the fact that they were Nomads
According to the second definition, the Mongols are barbaric because they hate farming people (document I) What did they do well? "When they are in battle, if one or two or three or even more out of a group of ten run away, all are put to death... in a word, unless they retreat in a body, all who take flight are put to death." (Document C) "The chiefs or princes of the army do not take part in the fighting but take up their stand some distance away facing the enemy, and they have beside them their children and their womenfolk and horses; and 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." (Document D) As it has been seen through their many conquests, the Mongols are a nomadic and barbaric tribe. However, through their achievements we have also seen that they came up with many groundbreaking new ideas that changed the world at the time and in the future.
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