Genghis Khan And The Mongol Empire

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The bubonic plague epidemic of the 1300s led to the destruction of the Mongol Empire by separating many areas in Eurasia from each other and wiping out millions of people. As a result, trade and communication vanished from the Mongol Empire, and it only worsened the political turmoil that was already present in the empire. Even after the destruction of the empire Genghis Khan had formed, many other empires were influenced by the Mongols and tried to incorporate many aspects of the Mongol Empire into their own. The empires that modeled after the Mongol Empire contributed to the image of Genghis Khan and the Mongols. Timur, a ruler in central Asia, and Montesquieu, a French philosopher, changed the image of Genghis Khan and the Mongols into one of subhuman barbarians for modern Europeans. Timur’s inhumane practices during his reign made Genghis Khan appear cruel. Furthermore, Montesquieu’s criticisms toward the Asians and Mongols created a growing negative stereotype. The modern Asians were interested in restoring a more positive image of Genghis Khan and the Mongols because these perceptions made themselves come off as savages, and the Europeans deployed conquests in Asia since they perceived the Asians to be enemies. Thus, the Asians decided to counter the harmful reputation they had accumulated by looking into the history of the Mongol Empire as a way to improve their own reputation. During the 1300s, the Mongol empire was in major turmoil because of conflicts over who
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