The Mongols Essay

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Many people believe that the Mongolians were barbaric people of the 13th century, yet the Mongolians were a peaceful people for long periods of time. While the Mongolians did have their share of good times, their barbaric nature was more dramatic and outweighed their good side. With the Mongols having few warriors in the beginning, they had to develop an extraordinary army, complete with top notch battle plans and a set understanding of where they wanted to dominate. Their army greatly revolved around loyalty, not only to the khan, but also to each member of the army and to themselves. They believed that there should be ranks within their army and that one man should always hold supreme ruling over someone else or another group. If one or…show more content…
On that night, Nishapur had three thousand crossbows and three hundred mangonels and ballistas and a correspondent quantity of missiles and naphtha, yet they were still not able to keep the Mongols back. By the following Saturday night, every wall was covered with Mongols, the Mongols descended from the walls and began to slay and plunder the city. They drove all the survivours, men and women, onto the plain and desecrated the city, to where not even cats or dogs were left alive. The Mongols severed heads from the slain and heaped them in piles, keeping the men’s heads separate from women and children; a Persian chronicler reported that there were up to 1,747,000 deaths within the city. These accounts of murder show how the Mongols laid waste to cities and murdered without care to gender, age, race, or ethnicity. (Doc. 4) Mongol soldiers regularly executed prisoners, whether they are political or military. Within Document 5, you can see the execution of prisoners by a Mongolian soldier. These executions could range from being shot with arrows to being buried alive upside-down. These executions being very cruel, it allowed the prisoner to be tortured and feel the pain longer and make it more excruciating. These executions show that the Mongols had very little sympathy for prisoners and were fit to make their final moments, what many would consider, a living hell. (Doc.
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