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strong and stout
sadels = mounted archers
more efficient in warfare
multi directional response
created alliances with tatars (tartars=hell)
unifies much of mongolian empire
secret history of the mongols
only nomadic source (poem)
origins of genghis kahn (wolf and deer)
he is fatherless
women were important
story of how genghis treats men (respectful)
they did not care about ethnicity or religion
juvaini, history of the world conquerer
baghdad was conquered
not very critical of mongols
has to come up with rational as to why allah let this happen
john diplano carpini
mission to convert mongols
95% of text is about war, character, food, values, and then they will be saved
closest thing we have to a spy report
less reliable than rebruck
very good at seducing you into believing him
does not talk about: great wall, chopsticks, foot-binding
why is marco polo's unreliability somewhat reliable
he worked in the salt trade and they were persian, which is the language of the mongols
orodic of pordenone
s. china sea
missionary who describes trade networks
not interested in big things, just his experience as a missionary
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