Homework: The Question of Mongol Awesomeness

Don’t forget, you have an in-class essay tomorrow.  You will NOT be allowed to use any notes or textbooks on this essay.  However, it would not be a bad idea to re-read the Southernization article and really think about the role of the Mongols during your homework tonight.

Deep breath, guys.  It’s just an essay.  You’re bigger than it is.  You can totally take it.

Quick announcement regarding applications for GHP in Social Studies– I need everyone’s completed application by TOMORROW at the end of the day.  

Also, tomorrow’s picture day.  Brush your hair, smile pretty, and get yourself in the yearbook.

Now!  Regarding your homework for tonight.

Today in class you should have read and analyzed documents regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious history of the Mongols from a variety of sources.  If you would like to read those documents again or download a copy for your personal reference, you can find them here: Mongol Documents.  You also watched the Crash Course video on the Mongols as well (which I will embed below, thusly:)

Using these resources, please post a thoughtful, reasoned comment to this entry addressing the following prompt:

All things being equal, were the Mongols a beneficial or harmful force for Eurasia during the post-Classical period?  Why do you think so?  Consider the role the Mongols played in trade, cultural diffusion, warfare, and disease in your responses.

Be sure to use SPECIFIC EVIDENCE from the documents, your textbooks, and the video to support your argument.

Normal commenting rules apply– one thoughtful comment will earn you a maximum of 95%, while one comment PLUS a thoughtful response to another student’s comment will earn you a maximum of 100%.

Happy Mongol-ing!

84 thoughts on “Homework: The Question of Mongol Awesomeness

  1. Although the Mongols were beneficial to the region in which they resided when it came to tax-free trade and improving means of transportation, the Mongols were actually more harmful than beneficial. This is due to the fact that the Mongols were not known to discriminate and slaughtered men, women, and children, according to document 6, the Mongol policy was akin to genocide. They were very aggressive, and when fighting and/or conquering territory they destroyed it causing many people to be displaced. During their reign there also seemed to be a point where food was somewhat scarce because in document 12 it says,”When they are without food for one or two days…” Lastly, due to their successful trade networks, trade throughout the Eurasian and African continents was more readily available. Although this is beneficial to the economy, the exposure to other people in other places can allow for things to be traded other than what was offered, such as diseases. The Mongols were not at all only a harmful force, they were beneficial in some ways, but the Mongols caused more harm than good.


  2. During the post-classical era the Mongolians had a profound effect on Eurasia and in fact the rest of the world. The mongols conquered more land in 20 years than the Romans did in 400. So it’d be silly not to say they didn’t have a profound effect on the world. They re-established routes along the silk road. Sparking trade for many more centuries. The mongols help unify the region in language and a common set of values. The mongols were some of the first to accept many religions and even cemented many religions together forming new ones. The mongols also developed many new war techniques. Although they also killed millions and helped spread the plague they did more good than band.


  3. I think the mongols were a harmful force for Eurasia during the post classical period. There is evidence that they regularly committed genocide, slaughtering whole towns. Their empire facilitated the spread of disease including the plague, killing most of Europe. The mongol empire gave many contributions to the future of Asia, but when they ruled they acted as a detrimental force. Even their philosophy can prove it. They took enjoyment in killing others and war. Over all the mongols were harmful to Eurasia


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