The Mongols reached beyond any other steppe-grown empires, and have been regarded as an anomaly with respect to other nomadic conquests. Did environmental and climatic factors play a role in the extraordinary achievements of Chinggis Khan, King of the Mongol Empire? This lecture reviews old climatic theories in relation to the Mongol conquest, and presents new data from recent research on tree-ring analysis. It also discusses the impact of climate change on traditional nomadic societies and its political effects.
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Chair, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Professor of History, New York University Abu Dhabi
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