Chapter12 Mongol Eurasia and Its Aftermath, 1200–1500. The Rise of the Mongols, 1200–1260 Nomadism in Central and Inner Asia. Nomadic groups depended on scarce water and pasture resources In times of scarcity, conflicts occurred, resulting in the extermination of smaller groups
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During this period and onward to about 1265 the Mongol realms were united as the khans of the Golden Horde
the Jagadai domains of Central Asia, and the Il-khans all recognized the authority of the Great Khan in Mongolia
Ghazan (center) was raised as a contributed to the Mongols’ ability to conquer such vast territories Buddhist but converted to Islam upon accession to the throne. This picture shows the conversion
However, rather than press on, the Mongols withdrew in December 1241 so that the Mongol princes could return to Mongolia to elect a successor to the recently deceased Great Khan Ogodei.
The successor would be Ogedei’s widow Toregene Khatun. She would serve as regent for five years until Ogedei’s son Guruk was able to take over.