HIS 111
Mongol Paragraph Assignment


In the vicinity of Genghis Khan's capital of Karakorum (aka Khara Khorin or Qara Qorum).  The city was briefly the center of the powerful Mongol Empire created in the thirteenth century by Genghis Khan and his successor Ogedei, but by the end of the century, as the heart of the empire moved elsewhere, the city was already in decline.  The sixteenth-century Tibetan Buddhist Erdene Zuu monastery were built from the ruins of the imperial city.  Photo credit kinghu.

Near Karakorum
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Read the excerpt from William of Rubruck's Account of the Mongols (along with the document notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from William of Rubruck's Account (not from the textbook), what were some of the main features of Mongol political practice and ceremony? 

Your paragraph must follow this format:

  • begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • direct, quoted material to support your points
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
  • You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.



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