The History of the Mongols

The History of the Mongols
A weekly podcast about the greatest land empire e…

Jul 16, 2016 • 28 min
Although not a member of Genghis Khan’s clan Tamerlane looked to Genghis as he tried to build his own Asian empire.
Jul 16, 2016 • 20 min
The Mongols ruled Eurasia for almost 200 years but what was the legacy of their empire?
The Last Emperor
Jul 3, 2016 • 36 min
Between 1333 Toghon Temur ruled as the last emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. He watched as China was conquered by the Ming and the era of the Mongol empire came to an end.
Crisis in the West
Jun 16, 2016 • 27 min
In the 1350’s and 1360’s the western half of the great Mongol empire began to break apart into a series of smaller states.
The Black Death
Jun 6, 2016 • 33 min
In the 1330’s and 1340’s the most devastating pandemic in history swept across Eurasia killing up to 50 million people.
Cracks in the Empire
May 24, 2016 • 43 min
In the early part of the 14th Century the whole Mongol empire came under increasing stress as the descendants of Genghis continued to fight over his legacy.
A Global Empire
May 12, 2016 • 41 min
In the early years of the 14th Century the ‘Mongol Peace’ allowed trade to flourish across the empire under the leadership of two young rulers.
Death of an Emperor
Apr 1, 2016 • 35 min
The last years of Khublai’s reign were not happy as he dealt with economic difficulties and personal loss. His legacy though is immense.
Marco Polo
Mar 20, 2016 • 35 min
Marco Polo’s journey and stay at the court of Kublai Khan is one of the most famous travel stories of all time that helped introduce Western audiences to China and the Mongols.
Mar 10, 2016 • 43 min
After defeating the Song Dynasty, Kublai Khan tried to conquer Japan and South East Asia, but fell victim to the original Kamikaze.
Extra: Kubla Khan
Feb 27, 2016 • 9 min
This short episode looks at Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem inspired by the Mongols, Kubla Khan.
Feb 26, 2016 • 35 min
Following his election as Great Khan, Kublai had some important domestic issues to tackle , and two capitals to build.
The Emperor of China
Feb 17, 2016 • 37 min
Between 1264 and 1279 Kublai Khan completed the conquest of China. He become the first foreigner to rule over the whole country and founded the Yuan dynasty.
Khan vs Khan
Feb 9, 2016 • 33 min
The death of Mongke Khan in 1259 precipitated not one but two civil wars that would change the Mongol empire for ever.
Zenith and Defeat
Feb 1, 2016 • 37 min
In the 1250’s Kublai Khan built his military reputation in China. Meanwhile in the West of the Empire the Mongols suffered their first major defeat, against the Mamluks.
Blood and Ink
Jan 23, 2016 • 37 min
In 1258 the Mongols captured Baghdad an event that left the River Tigris flowing red with blood and black with ink.
The Mongol Queens
Jan 8, 2016 • 38 min
Between 1241 and 1251 much of the power in the Mongol empire rested in the hands of three powerful queens,
Dec 21, 2015 • 27 min
During the last years of his reign Ogedei Khan ordered the building of the Mongol’s first capital, Karakorum
The Invasion of Europe
Dec 14, 2015 • 38 min
The Mongol invasion of Europe takes their troops to the walls of Vienna.
Episode 9 - Russia in Flames
Dec 7, 2015 • 26 min
The Mongols invade and conquer Russia establishing the Tartar Yoke.
Episode 8 - Ogodei
Nov 27, 2015 • 29 min
This week we look of the first few years of Ogodei Khan’s rule, including the conquest of Northern China
Episode 7 - Goodbye to Genghis
Nov 21, 2015 • 31 min
We chronicle the last years of Genghis Khan’s life and look at his legacy
Episode 6 - The Great Raid
Nov 12, 2015 • 29 min
We look at the greatest cavalry raid in history and then examine how the Mongols ran their empire
Episode 5 - The Conqueror of Persia
Nov 5, 2015 • 30 min
We follow the Mongol armies as they conquer and devastate the Persian empire.
Episode 4 - The Khan’s Armies
Oct 31, 2015 • 36 min
We look at how the Mongol armies managed to dominate the battlefield for so long
Episode 3 - The Chinese Invasion
Oct 22, 2015 • 31 min
In 1206 Genghis Khan started on the path to world conqueror by invading China.
Episode 2 - Becoming Genghis Khan
Oct 15, 2015 • 25 min
We follow Genghis Khan from young nomad chieftain to ruler of all the steppe tribes
Episode 1 - The Young Khan
Oct 3, 2015 • 27 min
We look at the early life of Genghis Khan and introduce the Mongols