28 episodes

A weekly podcast about the greatest land empire ever created.

The History of the Mongols Ben Hill

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 33 Ratings

A weekly podcast about the greatest land empire ever created.

    Tamerlane

    Tamerlane

    Although not a member of Genghis Khan's clan Tamerlane looked to Genghis as he tried to build his own Asian empire.

    • 28 min
    Legacy

    Legacy

    The Mongols ruled Eurasia for almost 200 years but what was the legacy of their empire?

    • 20 min
    The Last Emperor

    The Last Emperor

    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.

    • 36 min
    Crisis in the West

    Crisis in the West

    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.

    • 27 min
    The Black Death

    The Black Death

    In the 1330's and 1340's the most devastating pandemic in history swept across Eurasia killing up to 50 million people.

    • 33 min
    Cracks in the Empire

    Cracks in the Empire

    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.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

GinaDerby ,

Excellently told

Enjoyed listening to this when it first came out. Have recently relistened and am probably even more impressed as Ben Hill has an excellent voice to listen to and really seems to know his stuff, which is clearly told, in an interesting manner. Has he done anything else? Does anyone know?

Khuslen Amarbold ,

Hard to find history

It’s quite hard to find people talking about Mongols without the “They’re barbarians, murderers, and rapists”. How he talks about facts and speculations without that judgement is refreshing. It is said that history is written by the winners, but the Mongols seem to be an exception as our culture and history didn’t leave much of written hard facts that the historians favour. So those who did wrote, wrote it from the perspective of the folks who were on the receiving end of the invasion. Truly, I appreciate how he spoke without swaying greatly to specific perspective.

gEORGIAsATELLITE ,

Many mongol myths mangled.

Although. I had some knowledge of the monfol conquest's by genghis khan and his heirs, I had assumed that like alexander's and tamerlane's empires after their deaths, that the mongol's broke up quickly after the initial leader's death.
I had no idea that they had such a cohesive system of warfare & administration, or the reason's behind it.
Ben Hill has a very engaging manner of presentation & has obviously done great amount of research into this much misrepresented subject.
If you have even a passing interest in genghis, etc, then I highly recommend this podcast.

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