Throughout history there have been great empires that have tried to basically take over the world. In western schools, these empires usually consist of empires such as Alexander the Great’s, the Roman Empire, and even the British Empire of the Victorian Age. These empires are all seen as major forces in the field of history, but there is often a great empire that has been overlooked. This overlooked empire once amassed about half of the world’s land. Its territories once included China, Persia, and even Eastern Europe. The empire is known as an empire that virtually had the world trembling in their boots. The empire is the Mongol Empire, and the question is how does an empire of nomads end up drastically changing the geography of the world and scaring the living daylights out of those who were in soon to be conquered areas.
Explanation of the Applicable National Standards for Geography Many of the National Standards for Geography can be seen within the history and geography of the Mongol Empire. Starting with places and regions, the subject knows and understands the physical and human characteristics of places, it knows and understands that people define regions and use them to interpret the world’s changing complexity, and it also knows and understands that culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and experiences. The subject, or the Mongol Empire, deals with these three standards in the fact that the empire once covered much terrain. Because of the extensive boundaries, cultures, ethnic groups, religions, and more interacted and changed. Human Systems are drastically affected by the Mongol Empire. The subject, or the Mongol Empire, deals with the characteristics, distribution, and migrations of human populations. It deals with the complexity of the earth’s cultural mosaic and networks of economic interdependence. It knows and understands the process, patterns, and functions of human settlement, and it also knows and understands the forces for cooperation and conflict that shape the divisions of the earth’s surface. These National Standards reflect the whole nature of the Mongol Empire. Everything that the empire deals with somehow drastically changes the people that the empire comes in contact with.
To be a successful empire, a knowledge of the environments and society that are being contacted is very important. The Mongol Empire deals with the connection and interaction of the earth’s physical and human systems. It deals with the consequences of the interactions between human and physical systems, and it knows and understands the changes in meaning, distribution, and importance of resources. The fact that the Mongol Empire originates from the steppes of Mongolia is why these standards apply. The empire has to change itself when it enters into different regions that it is not familiar with.
Applying the Mongol Empire to interpret the past is very legitimate. ...