Compare And Contrast American And Mongolian Dynasties

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Following the Song dynasty was the Yuan (“you-ahn”) dynasty. The Yuan dynasty lasted from 1279 A.D. until 1368 A.D. “Genghis Khan (1162–1227) and his sons set the foundation for the Yuan Dynasty by defeating the Western Xia and conquering Central Asia, Mongolia, and the Hexi Corridor. This gave them a base of manpower, horses, technology, and experience to finish the conquest of the fierce Jin army and then to go on and conquer the Dali Empire and the Song Empire.”
In 1260, Kublai Khan, one of the grandsons of Genghis Khan, became the Great Khan. Four years later, he relocated the capital from Mongolia to present-day Beijing. In 1271, he adopted a Chinese dynastic name, Yuan. By 1279, the Mongols had conquered most of southern China. “Initially, the Mongols pretty much ruled over China as bandits, sucking out as much wealth as they could. But Kublai Khan slowly adopted Chinese political structures and political theories. In particular, Kublai Khan
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Kublai Khan and his son were both incredibly successful emperors. Emperors after them could not stop the slide into powerlessness. Nature is conspired to be a part of the down fall. “The Yellow River changed course and flooded irrigation canals and so brought on massive famine in the 1340's.” The Mongols still in Mongolian thought that the Beijing Khans had become too Chinese, making them lose legitimacy to among the Mongols. During the fourteenth century, many Mongols rebelled against the Yuan. On the other hand, the Chinese refused to accept the Yuan dynasty as a legitimate, but more as an occupying army. Finally, a peasant, Chu Yuan-chang, led a rebel army against the Yuan. He had lost most of his family in the famine, and had spent part of his life as a monk and then as a bandit leader. He took Beijing in 1368 and the Yuan emperor fled to Shangtu. When he drove the Yuan from Shangtu back to Mongolia, he declared himself the founder of a new dynasty: the
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