How Barbaric Were The Barbarians? Does strategy excuse barbaric behavior? The Mongols were powerful conquerors and warriors of Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Eight hundred years ago in the 13th century The Mongols gained the name “barbarians” for their harsh battle tactics, laws and punishment. So how barbaric were The Mongols really?
The Mongols were a clan of people who showed their barbarism through inflicting ruthless fear tactics, killing hundred thousands of people, and living by a set of uncivilized rules and barbarous body of laws. Mongols had countless ways of forcing fear not only on their enemies but among their own people as well. The Mongols number one method in ensuring that their people will stay in line is by threatening death upon them. If a few, in battle, flee from the enemy the entire group gets killed, unless they return back and in this case only the ones who originally fled are killed. If one or two from a group goes bravely towards the enemy, and others don’t follow, they are killed.
The question that comes up when studying the Mongols is always, were they truely a brutal people in all aspects of life? The Mongol people used fear to an advantage in battle, and tactics that were uncommon for many if not all armies. Originally a nomatic people that were constantly at war. They lived a simple life with only their animals to provide food, for food wouldn’t grow where they lived. They took over much of Asia within the time of one ruler that united different clans to have a common goal.
How barbaric were the Mongols? There’s no evidence that specifically leans to one side. During the 13th century started the Mongols era, it later ended in 1502. How should we make of the Mongols? “In a word, unless they retreat in a body, all who take flight are put to death.”
Out of the two legacies Genghis Khan created, the one he is most accredited for is the accreditation of the modern world was that he was a feared conqueror. Temujin was not born a warrior, he was weak and needed help with his army in order to become the most successful and feared conqueror than those who proceeded him along his journey. His upcoming as a child taught him that family would betray you quicker than your friends. Resulting in, Temujin putting more trust in his friends more than family. When he conquered, he gave the people of the land two decisions.
I would describe them as survivalist their whole mission was to livel. They came from poverty and lived a frugal life. The main reason they invaded Asia ,and Europe was for resources. Since they were outnumbered and out sourced many rivals did not take their idle threat serious. This misconception was a wrong move on the opposition army.
The Mongol Empire contributed both good and bad impacts to the world. Focusing on the positives of the Mongol Empire Invictus points out how they shaped a thriving economy through increasing trade and their ability to share knowledge with others. Empires typically do not appear as quickly and thrive as well as the Mongol Empire did, but they grew from a few men to a large group of warriors overnight or within eighty years (Invictus). The ruler Chingis Khan made it possible through his unity, military tactics, and personal skills. Chingis Khan developed a new system of fighting that created stability and organization within his army, most foes feared them because of this basic principle (Invictus).
The Mongols were a group of nomadic people that had a far from good reputation. Eight centuries ago the Mongols conquered much of the known world led by Genghis Khan. Their violent and rash actions got them the name ¨Barbarians¨, which was a term referring to people who were beyond reach of humanity, people who were evil or savage. The Mongols committed many barbaric crimes and they are shown through places they passed through, Genghis Khan, and their beliefs.
Following the massacre of British Resident Sir Pierre Cavagnari in Kabul on 3 September 1879, the British dispatched a force under the command of major-general Frederick Roberts to restore the Kabul throne to Abdur Rahman Khan, an Afghan sympathetic to British interests. They were opposed by Mohammed Jan, a ghazi ( religious fanatic) firmly opposed to both the British presence in Afhganistan as well as the puppet ruler they had installed. The British found restoring order to the Kabul region to be a difficult and dangerous task: the countryside was up in arms, and the Afghan forces elusive, harassing the marching British columns with long-range sniper fire, cutting telegraph lines and supply lines, and attacking small outposts.
Throughout history, few substances have had such an impact as gunpowder has. Yet, its discovery in 850 A.D. was a complete accident. Ancient Chinese alchemists during the Han Dynasty spent years working to discover an elixir that could transform the user into an immortal being. Emperor Li Chum, who reigned from 806 to 820 A.D. was one of the many emperors who was intrigued by the idea of living forever and became a consumer of the trial elixirs in hopes of doing just that. Of the ingredients that alchemists experimented with, many were deadly.
The True Legacy of The Mongols In history, a frequent topic of debate is the legacy that the Mongol Empire left behind. It can easily be argued that they were nothing but murderous barbarians, a monotonous war machine. This is proven by the fact that they used biological warfare at the Siege of Caffa in 1346. The Mongols catapulted disease ridden corpses into the city of Caffa to spread the Black Plague into the city.(Wheelis)
The Mongols were a violent group of people. They raided, killed and slaughtered many villages and kingdoms. Many lives were lost by the hand of Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was not very negotiable but was at times. Below are written about how brutal Genghis Khan was.