They Mongols did not really exhibit any barbaric qualities in their fighting style. They did enough of what they had to do to take over the empires they were going up against. The only reason that the people could have viewed them as barbaric is because the mongols came unannounced and managed to kill a lot of people over a short period of
The Mongols are not barbaric shown through their battle as they were very disciplined, organized, and tried to create fear in others. When in battle, if one or more of the ten men fled, then they were all put to death. If all ten men run away, then the whole group of 100 is put to death. If one or more go to fight or get captured by the enemy and the others do not try to go after them then they all are put to death. (Document 10) The Mongol soldiers were very disciplined, which enabled them to give it their all and work together to defeat their enemy.
As China was a treasure to travelers such as Marco Polo, the Great Khan Kubilai welcomed the traveler to bring Christians with him(Document H). This displays the Mongol characteristic of adaptation and acceptance towards new cultures and ideas, implementing diversity. When the Mongols conquered most of Asia, including China and Persia, they also gained control of the continental caravan routes, which were essential to their lucrative commerce(Document J). It is a misconception that the Mongols, a successful empire that excelled in it varied commerce and trade, was barbaric due to the mature level of tolerance required for peaceful public
They lived on easily movable tents called yurts. The Mongols did not like the lifestyle of working on farms, they believed that life on a horse is better. “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a early mongol text that that tells a story of the first leader that made the Mongols the brutal, savage barbarians they are well known as today. Calling someone barbaric is risky because it has various outlooks on it, it’s similar to the word civilization, when do we know a settlement is considered a civilization, when do we know when a tribe is barbaric? How Barbaric were the barbarians?
Eight hundred years ago during the 13th century a small central Asian tribe known as the Mongols conquered much of the known world. Mongols were nomadic people known for being barbaric and harsh when expanding their empire. Even though the Mongols were obviously brutes, their expansion of territory, military tactics, and facilitation of commerce proved they were more helpful than harmful. Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongols and started the conquest of the Mongol Empire. He reigned from 1162-1227 eventually dying and leaving his legacy to his son.
An eyewitness reveals that, “their [Mongols] arms are bows, iron maces, and in some instances, spears…defensive armor made from buffalo…can live for a month on the milk of their mares…they [Mongols] are most obedient to their chiefs.” The Mongols were very determined towards conquering territory as clearly shown by their tools, armor, and their commitment. The Mongols had a barbaric way of living and consumed almost little to no food while conquering other territories. They did not care about their lives at all because they exposed themselves to dangerous things. Despite their brutal behavior, the Mongols respected the higher-ranking officials. They dedicated themselves to their work immensely as they would spend almost two days on their horses only.
Since the Mongols were skilled at archery while on horseback, they had an advantage of having the upper hand against ordinary foot soldiers. Mongols were very smart and so they were known to forcibly relocate and use artists, musicians, and administrators to help govern and make their empire strong and successful. The Mongols usually interrogate prisoners to find out how to use psychological warfare, and eventually, they became pretty good at it. They caused fear in their enemies by tying branches on both sides of their horses so that the dust roundabout was thick and huge and it sounded/looked like twice the size of their actual army. This obviously scared their enemy.
The Mongols: How Barbaric Were the “Barbarians”? During the 13th century, much of the globe had been conquered by a small tribe from central Asia who later became known as the Mongols. These nomadic people did not show proof of bearing a language nor leave behind much written materials thus, making it more difficult to be accurately analyzed. However, the Mongols left a rather overbearing mark on the world with an evil and savage reputation. These central Asian “Barbarians” lead massive conquests, seizing millions of square miles of land, attained an eminently forceful military, contained various tenacious, respected leaders, yet despite having a bad reputation, handled establishing a prosperous empire.
The Mongol Empire had created a single economic and cultural world system. In 13 century, the the Mongols had seized nearly the whole Eastern Europe, including now Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. Scholars regard the Mongol conquest as one of the most deadliest invasions in human history. The Mongols also called the Tatars, which means Hell in Roman. Historian Brian Landers stated in his book that "The Mongols brought terror to Europe on a scale not seen again until the twentieth century."
The Mongols were a ruthless, controlling power in Asia during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries with a gargantuan empire that expanded across essentially the entire continent. The impact of their rule formed a lasting impact on states centuries after its collapse in 1368. Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty involving cutting of and methods of ruling such as keeping traditions of Confucianism and squandering money greatly influenced China and the Ming dynasty culturally, demographically, politically and economically. This state was united by a simple tribesman among the steppe named Temujin. After his father was poisoned by political enemies, he began developing a personal following, which quickly expanded over numerous rival tribes.