History Encounters and Traditions

From the eleventh through fifteenth centuries, nomadic conquerors disrupted major civilizations in China, India, and the Middle East, and established empires in Eurasia. The Turkish and Mongol invasions were the latest in along line of pastoral nomads to invade settled Eurasian societies, and represent one of the last parts of a continuous story of interrelations between settled and pastoral peoples. Although both the Turkic and Mongol empires were short-lived, they had long-lasting impact on world history, and specifically on the integration of Eurasia. Essay Prompt: Compare the conquests of the Turkish empires with the Mongol empires, and develop a historical argument that answers the following questions: How and why were the Turks and Mongols able to conquer the settled societies of Eurasia, and why was their rule short-lived? What long-lasting impacts did these empires have on Eurasia, and why? Analyzing chapter 17 of your textbook, write a short paper (2-3 pages) in response to this prompt. Formulate your argument as a thesis in the introduction, and provide clear and ample evidence and specific examples to support your argument. Although your paper should be based largely on the textbook, you may also use evidence from outside sources in your paper BE SURE TO PROPERLY CITE YOUR SOURCES! Formatting: At least two FULL pages. Your name and paper title at the top (no other header information). One inch margins. Double-spaced. Times New Roman 12 point font.

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