Cultural Transference Via Mongol Means

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Bunch, Justin
Hist. 121 Fall 2014
Prof Zarinebaf
Cultural Transference via Mongol Means In the early 13th century many settled civilizations from Europe to Asia were shaken and sundered by a group of people who were previously unheard of. A group of people not unlike the nomad tribes of the Middle East led by the Prophet Muhammad, a group of people not unlike the Saxons and later Vikings of continental Europe who brought about the destruction of the Roman Empire many years prior. For like these other driven peoples in very different locales, the Mongols of the steppe plains north of China and south of the land that would become Russia were also nomadic in origin and highly driven to not only unite their own people, but to conquer their neighbors. Unlike their counterparts in the Middle east however they were not driven by the spiritual guidance of a divine being, but instead driven by their own force of will and their drive to rule over all. Their reputation preceded them in battle and destruction was visited upon their foes in large number. But that is not to say that all that the Mongols did was wonton violence. They were also responsible for great cultural proliferation amongst the
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