Mongol Invasion, Yuan (12.1) F'09

Mongol Invasion, Yuan (12.1) F'09 - The Mongol Invasions...

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The Mongol Invasions and Yuan Dynasty (1276-1368)
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Life on the Steppe
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Live completely off herds
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Yurts (Gers, felt tents)
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Social Structure (12 th century) Small groups Deprivation -> fighting among selves (steal everything) Clans, tribes Chieftain: Personal loyalty (n ökhör ) Constant warfare (see Reader p. 12)
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Inheritance Principal wife receives property from husband, controls hh and property after death of husband Sons marry out, gets part of property Youngest son stays in home Gets remaining property of father and mother after both die, best and most Also inherits fathers wives (but not own mother)
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Succession No formal succession Most qualified succeeds, charisma Brother fight among selves Khan decided by: Grand Council = Khuriltai (usually decided before by warfare) women participate in khuriltai
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Mongol Marriage 3 ways to get a wife: 1. Purchase Expensive, must work for if poor 2. Capture (Ebrey quote p. 169)
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Mongol Invasion, Yuan (12.1) F'09 - The Mongol Invasions...

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