Here come the Mongols!
The Mongols acquired a vast empire in a very short time, only for it to dissolve within eighty years. In this Playbuzz Story, you can learn about the Mongols and compare their empire with those of Rome and Britain. You will gain an insight into how they conquered so much territory in a relatively short time and discover what happened when they attacked Japan. There are also some questions for you to answer - each with feedback, explanations and praise for your intelligence and intuition. Thank you for reading this remarkable story from 13th-century history!
The Founder of the Mongolian Empire
The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears...
Kublai Khan and the Quest for World Domination
Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, continued to expand the Mongolian Empire. (Public Domain picture via Wikipedia)
The Military Tactics of the Mongols - Short Video
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One minute from Crash Course History - Wait for it... The Mongols! (from 5.58-6.57) - click on the subtitles if desired. John Green has a habit of talking fast!
Waves, Winds and Storms - A Famous Work of Art
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai Source: The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Public Domain via Wikipedia
Winds, waves and storms have influenced the collective psyche of the Japanese people and this is reflected in their art. This is hardly surprising, when you consider how often they have had to deal with extreme weather conditions and typhoons. The famous painting above shows Mount Fuji in the background and powerful waves in the foreground.
I can scarcely believe that my magnificent armada was destroyed, just like that. I refuse to admit that the Samurai warriors fought bravely. It was only the typhoons that saved them from my army, which should by rights have swept all before it. I am devastated by this loss.
We fought with courage and honour and our gods rewarded us by sending their divine winds, the kamikaze. The gods were on our side!
The greatest happiness is not to vanquish your enemies, whatever Genghis Khan thought. In your opinion, what constitutes "the greatest happiness"? Which aspects of this story intrigued or surprised you?