Western Mongol Expansion
Lecture no. 29 from the course: The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Why did Genghis Khan have his third son, Ögedei, succeed him rather than his oldest, Jochi? Find out as you embark on the Mongols’ vast westward expansion. Witness Ögedei’s efforts to transition from a tributary-based empire to a tax-based one; then follow Batu’s invasion of Russia and Christian Europe, where he encounters an unexpected obstacle: fortified masonry castles.