Mongol Conquests In The 13th And Fourteenth Century

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Through war and conquests, the vast history of the world can illustrate the destructive and selfish nature of humans. Although some civilizations or groups of people can be seen as cultured and kind, groups such as the Mongols have caused a heated debate between many historians, regarding if their rule hurt the development of other civilizations in Europe. The
Mongol Empire that existed throughout the 13th and 14th century grew to be large and successful from many conquests. Despite the increase in trade caused by the Mongol expansion which revived different cultures, the cruel actions they committed such as looting, destroying property or enslaving people cannot be justified and can classify them as ruthless conquerors. The successful conquests
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These actions can confirm that the
Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his army had a violent mind-set when conquering, which contributes to their barbaric title, proving that they were fierce and ruthless conquerors. The extreme use of violence to gain power can be seen in Russia.
As the Mongols invaded Russia in 1237-1240, instead of peacefully negotiating with the political leaders they enacted a great massacre. Not only did this massacre kill thousands of innocent men, women and children but it also established fear and allowed the Mongols to gain more authority over a vast amount of people. The establishment of fear was a popular military tactic also know as phycological warfare, that the Mongols used to intimidate and hurt the people they conquered.
The Mongols brought more destruction into Russia and cities such as Kiev, by continuously looting and destroying property (Document #4). These vicious actions expose the Mongols and their vulgar character, as they were ruthless to gain more power. The Mongol empire grew successful as it gained more knowledge from outside

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