Why Were The Mongols Barbaric Essay

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The Mongol Empire held the largest amount of territory for an empire that the world has ever seen, and conquered it very quickly. Through the use of extreme force, the Mongols were able to conquer their enemies with haste. Using siege warfare on large walled cities, and surprise attacks on smaller settlements, their strategy of extreme force worked very well. The Mongols also relied on peaceful measures to keep social organization and political power. Especially in religion as shown in Document 9, that Mongke Khan made his profession of faith to Rubruck. The Mongols used complex messenger systems like in Document 8. With all these strategies the Mongols employed in their conquest of Eurasia, though some may disagree, the Mongols were very barbaric. …show more content…
According to John of Plano Carpini of Document 3, the Mongols would surround a fortress and besige it day and night for weeks, while also communicate promises to the defenders if they surrendered. The Mongols would use Greek Fire as the siege went on. And when and if they do surrender, the Mongols would spare the artisans and those able to do slave work, the rest would be killed. John Plano of Carpini was from Italy sent by the Pope; who most likely wanted to understand the how the Mongols were able to conquer land so quickly. Clearly, this shows that the Mongols used barbaric tactics not only because they were very effective at taking down cities and fortresses (shown as they were able to conquer much of Asia with this method), but also strike fear into their enemies, as the Mongols killed most, if not all, of the survivors of the siege. This brutality is shown no easier than in Document 4. According to Ata-Malik Juvaini, the Mongols laid waste to the Persian city of Nishapur in 1221. Killing everything in city, even pets. Then they severed the heads from the dead bodies and piled them up, keeping the men separate from the women and children. Obviously, the Mongols killing everything in sight of a rival city is very barbaric, and clearly shows the extent to which the Mongols were barbaric. And finally, in Document 5, which shows a scene from a Persian manuscript of execution of prisoners, while others are being buried alive upside-down. The manuscript was obviously intended to strike fear in others that the Mongols were very barbaric if you were a prisoner. Being buried alive is brutal, but being buried alive upside down can be to an extent even worse and even more barbaric. Proving once again, that the Mongols were indeed very

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