When Westerners such as ourselves and people native to Europe are asked what they know of the Mongols the answer is usually ruthless barbarians intent upon world domination. After all these years you would expect that the educational points presented to the different generations in school would have given a different view of the Mongol civilization. Leaving this vision instilled upon generation after generation is detrimental to learning the different positive aspects left behind by such a powerful empire. The nomadic lifestyle that the Mongols endured empowered them to become hardy warriors. The Mongols began their conquests in response to Ghengis Khans personal missions as well as a disruption …show more content…
Another aspect of living on the steppe in such harsh conditions were the dwellings in which they resided. The Mongolian nomads lived in a circular felt covered dwelling. Picture an Indian teepee and instead of a warm environment place it someplace very cold. That is what the nomads of the steppe lived in during such harsh weather conditions. The idea behind the dwelling was that it could be assembled and dismantled quickly for travel. To live in such a dwelling in a harsh environment takes a very headstrong person. This aspect also helped to mold the Mongolian nomads into such hardy people.
The Mongols rode out of Mongolia during the thirteenth century to begin a conquest of the world in turn creating one of the largest land empires in history. Throughout Mongolia from 1180 to 1220 there was a decrease in the temperatue. The temperature was estimated to have dropped an average of 10 degrees (Prawdin, 1940). This drop in temperate would mean a shorter growing season for the grasses on the steppe. A shorter growing period of the grasses on the steppe would be a real danger to the animals that the nomads kept on the steppe. A danger to the animals