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Crash Course World History: Wait for It…The Mongols #17
1. Preview the video viewing questions.
2. Watch “Crash Course in World History: “Wait for It… the Mongols” without taking any notes.
3. Watch “Crash Course in World History: “Wait for It… the Mongols” a second time. Pause the
video as needed so that you can answer the questions.
The Mongol Empire is thought of as stereotypically barbarian, yet it created new nations and created the
world’s first free trade zone. It flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries and at its height formed the largest
contiguous land empire in world history.
1. List the four characteristics of herding/nomadic groups brought up in the Crash Course Video.
Complete the following chart:
Living Conditions
Gender and social status
2. Why were the Mongols more successful at emerging from Central Asia where larger groups were not?
3. Genghis Khan successfully united warring groups due to these two factors:
4. What was the significance of the Kurultai?
5. Genghis Khan was declared the Great Khan in 1206 and by the time of his death in 1227 had formed
an empire which stretched from Mongolia to the Caspian Sea. Briefly describe what happened to the
Mongol Empire after Genghis’ death?
6. The high water point of Mongol Conquests was at the Battle of Ain Jalut. Where was it and what was
significant about it?
Side note: How many people can claim to be direct descendents of Genghis Khan today?
_________________ Why did John Green make this point?
8. Genghis Khan failed to create a single political unit out of his conquests. After his death, the empire
was divided into four khanates. List each and its location by completing the following chart:
9. John Green stated that the Mongol Conquests were similar to those of Alexander the Great. In what
10. What advantages did the Mongols have in warfare against Europeans?
11. What does John Green list as five primary arguments for Mongol “awesomeness?”
12. Recently, historians have reevaluated the Mongols. Some see them as precursors to the modern
world. How so?
13. Why didn’t the Mongol Empires last?
14. Why are the Mongols probably responsible for the spread of diseases like the Black Death?
Questions for thought at the end of the video: What you think about the Mongols ends up saying a lot about
you. Choose one statement and reflect on it. You may use a separate sheet of paper.
A. Do you value artistic output over religious diversity?
B. Is imperialism that doesn’t last better or worse than imperialism that does?
C. Are certain kinds of warfare inherently wrong?