Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Climate and the Mongol Empire

This week’s edition of Science reports on an ongoing NSF-funded interdisciplinary project to understand the origins of Genghis Khan’s empire, including the role of climate.  Preliminary tree-ring work points to a cold dry period during the late 12th century–a time of Mongol infighting–then a period of abundant rainfall on the Mongolian steppes in 1211-30AD, during the peak of Mongol conquest.  The investigators point to the critical role of good weather for grass growth to power Mongol herds and armies.


About Sam White

Assistant Professor of History at the Ohio State University

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This entry was posted on September 28, 2012 by in In the News.
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