The Mongols

Information on the battlefield tactics, military operations, and warrior culture of Genghis Khan and his descendants


Mongolian Gers: Perfect Dwellings for People on the Move

Mongolian Gers: Perfect Dwellings for People on the Move

The Mongolian ger or yurt is the perfect dwelling for pastoral nomads; accordingly, they have been used for thousands of years in that part of the world. Gers are movable, can be packed up and put on a camel or oxen’s back or on a cart. Gers are lightweight but...
Mongols: Clothes for a Rough, Active Life in the Cold

Mongols: Clothes for a Rough, Active Life in the Cold

The Central Asian climate and weather conditions determined Mongol dress, both traditionally and today. Men, women and children essentially wore the same type of clothing, differentiated by color, color combination, size and decoration to specify age, gender, married...
Mongols: Nomads and Their Animals

Mongols: Nomads and Their Animals

As a nomadic pastoral culture, Mongols raised five main domestic animals: horses, sheep, camels, cattle and goats, in their order of relative importance. While we’ll cover horses here as part of the Mongol culture, their importance in war and conquest will be covered...
What Did the Mongols Eat?

What Did the Mongols Eat?

As with all peoples, the Mongol’s diet depended greatly on where they lived. Mongolia, then and now, had a harsh climate, with long, bitterly cold winters and short, hot summers. Living as they did in an inhospitable climate, the Mongols ate foods they got from their...
Mongol Empire Timeline

Mongol Empire Timeline

1162(?) Genghis Khan was born into the Borjigin tribe under the name Temujin. His childhood was poor and his family struggled to survive. Temujin, however, thrived and made many political alliances among other Mongol tribes. 1177? Temujin was captured by a rival tribe...
Mongol Empire Overview

Mongol Empire Overview

One empire, the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world, stemmed from the brilliant efforts and leadership of one man, Genghis Khan. Genghis, his sons and grandsons, created this fast-spreading empire which ruled from the islands of Japan all across Asia...
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