Mongol Empire Dbq Essay

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Throughout the thirteenth century, the Mongols, who had previously been a nomadic tribe of people, conquered most of Asia, including China’s imperial capital. During its acme, the Mongol empire stretched from the borders of Eastern Europe all the way to the yellow sea. Whether it was by destruction or other people surrendering, the Mongols always obtained the land if they really wanted. In such a short amount of time, the Mongols conquered so much territory by using tactics of violence, fear, and by having obedient soldiers that always followed the orders of their commanders.
The Mongols used fear to conquer most of the territory they owned. For instance, in 1238 A.D., the Mongols destroyed a land called Ryazan, and killed everyone living
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If a soldier was ever asked to fight, especially on short notice, he would go as soon as possible or else they would be punished. An author, Juvaini, had written, about the Mongols, "...and if he but commit some fault, the Khan dispatches a single horseman to punish him (Document 4).” This made the people of the Mongolian Empire not want to do anything that could get them into trouble, so they followed the rules and didn't act out. Marco Polo mentioned that the Mongols had always put the fighting before their own lives, even saying “They are brave in battle, almost to desperation, setting little value upon their lives, and exposing themselves without hesitation to all manner of danger (Document 3).” This made the soldiers not afraid of doing something necessarily dangerous, making them less afraid of taking the land that they conquered. Every man in the empire had a job to do, which included, “making bows and arrows, manufacturing stirrups and bits, fashioning saddles, constructing the dwellings and the wagons, tending to the horses and mares, churning the comas, producing the skins in which it is stored, and tending to and loading the camels (Document 5).” Everyone did their jobs, and if they didn't, there would of never of been an empire in the first place. Juvaini, the author, had written “If there is a sudden call for soldiers, an order is issued that so many thousand men must present themselves in such and such a place at such and such an hour of that day (Document 4).” The soldiers were required to do exactly as they were told or else there would be consequences, so they undoubtedly did what they were supposed to. The people of the Mongols helped sustain order and conduct in the

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