Text The Mongol conquests

TLF ID M011488

This is an illustrated four-part historical account of the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous land empire in history. It includes sections on: factors leading to the Mongol conquests; the role of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan; how a small group of Mongols succeeded in conquering a vast domain; and the empire's collapse. The section on Chinggis Khan describes tribal group versus Mongol identity; organisation and tactics; his three major invasions; and expansion under his successor Ogodei. The resource also includes links to further information, image galleries, maps and historical sources.

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Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the Mongol expansion option in the Expanding contacts depth study in the year 8 history curriculum. It is particularly relevant for the content descriptions about the organisation of the Mongol army under Genghis Khan and the extent of the Mongol expansion. The section on military organisation and tactics and the image gallery on Mongol conquests are important for the first of these content descriptions and the maps are useful for the second.
  • The resource contributes to students attaining the achievement standard in year 8 history. It helps them to: recognise and explain patterns of change and continuity in the Mongol Empire over time; explain the causes and effects of events such as the campaigns of 1219 to 1241; identify the motives and actions of people at the time; and explain the significance of individuals and groups such as Genghis and Ogodei Khan and the Mongol elite and how they were influenced by beliefs and values.
  • It is also relevant to the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority, particularly the second organising idea that interrelationships between humans and the diverse environments in Asia shape the region and have global implications. The first section of the resource identifies a fall in the mean annual temperature and consequent reduction in the growing season of the pastures on which the Mongols depended as one of the reasons for their moving out from Mongolia.
  • The resource may be of some use in relation to the intercultural understanding general capability. There are occasional references, images and links to modern Mongolia and contemporary Mongolian culture.
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Name: Asia for Educators\, Weatherhead East Asian Institute\, Columbia Uni
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  • Name: East Asian Institute\, Columbia University
  • Organization: East Asian Institute\, Columbia University
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  • Address: UNITED STATES
  • URL: http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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