Genghis Khan and his sons

Genghis Khan was the great leader of the Mongolian Empire. He was born Temujin, but was then elected Genghis Khan, and was a ruler built for conquest. He had made the largest empire the world had ever seen.

Upon his death, his united empire was split into khanates and divided amongst his heirs. They kept the empire alive, and conquered many more places

The Decline of the Empire

This great empire fell victim to: to much spending, corruption, and internal instability. Zhu Yuanzhang, a son of a peasant, organized an army and put to an end the Mongol's reign

Religion and Government

  • Buddhism & Daoism: Both of these religions gain more prevalence during this time, and attracted more attention. Buddhism through was criticized for being a foreign religion and recieved a lot of hate.
  • Neo-Confucianism: was a responce to the spreading of Buddhism and Daoism. It combined aspects from both to appeal to the people.

Golden Age

  • Poetry: This era was seen as a great time for any literary work, expecially poetry. Li Bo and Du Fu were the two popular poets at the time, writing many works that appealed to the public.
  • Painting & Ceramics: Painting was dominated by landscapes and peaceful Daoist works. Porcelain was also a product during this time. It was a fine clay, baked at a high tempertures.

Day in the Life of a Mongolian Warrior

The Mongols moved in units called tumens, made up of 10,000 men. These tumens contained all that an army could use to sustain itself, suppliesm extra horse, food, and such. These men were expected to be expert cavalry and archers, equipped with bows, swords, a leather armour.