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1 Mongol Eurasia and Its Aftermath, 1200 - 1500

2 I. The Rise of the Mongols
Steppes and Nomadism A. Nomadism in Central and Inner Asia Impact of nomads Power of khan Role of slaves Importance of tribute Political federations – importance of marriage, women Females couldn’t directly succeed – tried to get position for sons Families had believers in two or more religions: Buddhism, Christianity, or Islam Impact of shamanism Religious role played by a khan and Sky/Heaven God

3 B. The Mongol Conquests, 1215 – 1283
1206 – Genghis Khan – tribute and conquests of early 13th c. 1236 – grandson Batu - Russia/Eastern Europe 1258 – death of Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad Pursuit of territory under Ogodei Mongol Empire united until 1265 1241 – death of Ogodei and succession Khubilai declared himself khan in 1265, descendents of Jagadai didn’t accept him 1271 – Khubilai emperor of Yuan Empire (China) Yuan destroyed Southern Song Invaded Vietnam – made them give tribute, unsuccessful attacks on Java and Japan Military technology/techniques Choices: resist and be massacred/starve, or surrender and live – then contribute soldiers to Mongol army


5 C. Overland Trade and the Plague
Commercial integration affected east and west Silk, porcelain Venetian Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) BUBONIC PLAGUE in southwestern China since the Tang period Spread of plague in China through trade/military Animals infected – then people Caravan traffic infected oasis towns Prevented Mongol army from capturing city of Kaffa in Crimea in 1346 – plague remained, then reached Europe/Egypt by ship More diseases (typhus, smallpox, influenza) accompanied plague Cause of great pandemic of 1347 – 1352?


7 II. The Mongols and Islam, 1260 – 1500
A. Mongol Rivalry 1260 – IL – KHAN state controlled much of Middle East Khanate of the GOLDEN HORDE – Southern Russia Religious tension between Mongols and Muslims (practices) Cause of conflict between Il-Khan and Golden Horde Alliances between Il-Khan/Pope and Mamluks/Golden Horde – impact on the Crusades Il-khan ruler, Ghazan declared himself a Muslim Blend of Sunni/Shi’ite theology



10 B. Islam and the State Methods of taxation; enterprises funded Problems with taxation and decline of agriculture Ghazan – financial problems, failure to lessen tax burden Paper money and depression Fighting among Mongol nobility for revenue Mid – 1300s – Mongols from Golden Horde moved into western Il-khan region New power in the east – Khanate of Jagadai Leader Timur launched campaigns into western Eurasia, India, and against Ottoman sultan Groundwork of Muslim Mongol-Turkic regime, the Mughals in the 1500s

11 C. Culture and Science in Islamic Eurasia
Accomplishments of historian Juvaini (1283) Rashid al – Din – first history of the world Ibn Khaldun Shi’ite scholar Nasir al – Din Tusi and Mongol interest in Muslim science Math and cosmology Greek/Ptolemaic understanding of universe Nasir al – Din proposed model of small circles rotating within a large circle = moon around the earth Nicholas Copernicus Under Il – khans: predicted eclipses, astrolabes, three – dimensional quadrants Spread of information on astronomy/mathematics into Byzantium, Western Europe, India, and China Mathematician Ghiyas al – Din Jamshid al – Kashi and decimal fractions Al – Kashi and pi

12 III. Regional Responses in Western Eurasia
A. Russia and Rule from Afar Golden Horde and smaller Mongol states Trade routes Role of Orthodox Church Politics of language Golden Horde got Russian Princes to act as tax collectors/census takers Russian Princes, tax collection, and currency shortages Alexander Nevskii, growth of Moscow, decline of Kiev/Ukraine Question of Mongol impact on Russian interaction with the West Traditional structure of local government survived Mongols along with Russian princes, competed with each other Tsar Ivan III (Late 15th/early 16th centuries)

13 B. New States in Eastern Europe and Anatolia
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Teutonic Knights Mongol armies international – Mongols, Turks, Chinese, Iranians, some Europeans More information about Mongols reached Europe Europeans learned about: passports, coal mining, moveable type, high temperature metallurgy, mathematics, gunpowder, casting and use of bronze canon Outbreak of plague in 1340s 14th century – Lithuania and Balkans Serbian King Stephen Dushan Origins of Ottoman Turks Il-khans influenced eastern Anatolia Decline of Byzantine state and appeal of Muslim jihad Sultan Mehmet II captured Constantinople Ottomans took advantage of decay of Mongols – religious/linguistic identity

14 IV. Mongol Domination in China
Yuan Empire Synthesis of Mongol & Chinese cultures Khubilai Kahn Beijing Lamas Mongols as a unifying force Racial ranking Administration similarities with Il-khan Impact of trade on economy Prestigious merchant class Impact on society Cottage Industry Destruction of agrarian lifestyle Massive population decrease – causes?

15 Cultural exchange – Il-kahn & China Medical developments
Fall of the Yuan Empire – 1340s Mongol princes Zhu Yuanzhang & the Ming Return to Mongolia – power base established Importance of Mongol identity Tribute to Ming, but only as a facilitator of trade Did the Mongols retard or stimulate political & economic change?

16 V. Early Ming Empire 1368-1500 Zhu Yuanzhang = Hongwu (r.1368-1398)
Nanjing Shift from Buddhism to Confucianism Anti-Mongol ideology Economically unsound Military service Stability: recognized Yuan as legitimate rulers Yongle (r ) Return to Yuan practices; Beijing, trade, aggression Zheng He Achievements Why didn’t seafaring become more important?

17 Innovation versus advancement
Agriculture Peace Japan Metals Shipbuilding Examination system Weaponry Technology gap Achievements Literature Porcelain

18 VI. Centralization and Militarism in East Asia, 1200 - 1500
A. Korea Need to choke off sea trade Mongol conflict 1231 – 1258 Koryo/Mongol rule Ended isolationism; cultural, scientific, agricultural Rise of new landed & educated class Loyal to Mongol, Ming forced recognition Yi Kingdom Rejected Mongol period, yet continued practices Confucianism Advances in technology; printing, literacy, agriculture Strong defensive navy (gunpowder)

19 1281 – Second Mongol invasion
B. Japan 1274 – Mongol invasion Mongol threat unified the decentralized Shogunate administrative structure Defensive structure required Movement of resources from east (imperial) to west 1281 – Second Mongol invasion Again weather intervenes – kamikaze Major economic & social impact of Mongol threat; strengthen warrior class, national infrastructure Ashikaga Shogunate – 1336 Regional independence restored, rise of power of warlord Trade resumed following fall of Yuan Shogun Yoshimasa – cultural impact, Zen Buddhism Break down of power – warlords, Onin War, scramble for power – 1400s

20 Annam and Champa rivalry Relationship with Tang and Song
C. Vietnam Annam and Champa rivalry Relationship with Tang and Song Mongol required submission & tribute, but little cultural Ming control for 30 years Mongol threat to Ming By 1500 Annam controlled Champa Key elements of society Confucian administration Distinct Amman legal codes Mahayana Buddhism

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