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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson C: China — Mongol to Ming Rule

Activity 1: Costs and Benefits of Mongol Rule

The vast size of the Mongol Empire was made possible by the power of their conquering armies. The destruction caused by warfare led to disruptions in trade and everyday life. However, many benefits resulted from the period of rule under the Mongol regions, known as Khanates.

Interactive IconDirections: Consider how each of the following developments is an example of a cost or benefit of Mongol rule and then drag the correct column. Use the buttons provided to check the latest move or, when you are done, check the whole question.

Printer Icon When you have completed the activity, print a copy of the answers and keep it in your notebook for reference.

Many of the benefits you analyzed or examined had lasting effects on societies after the Mongol empire collapsed. Many of the costs contributed to the fall of the empire.

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Written Activity - Student Resource

Answer the following questions on your Student Resource: Mongol to Ming Rule Graphic Organizer.

  • How could ONE of the "costs" have contributed to the fall of the Mongol Empire?
  • How did any ONE of the "benefits" continue to support society in China after the end of Mongol rule?