Mongol invasions and conquests

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The Mongol invasions and conquests took place during the 13th and 14th centuries, creating the vast Mongol Empire which by 1300 covered large parts of Eurasia. Historians regard the Mongol devastation as one of the deadliest episodes in history.

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  • I have been avoiding mentioning this event for many years because I consider it too horrible. ... a group of friends urged me to record it since I knew it first-hand. Then I saw that to refrain from it would profit nothing. Therefore, we say: this deed encompasses mention of the greatest event, the most awful catastrophe that has befallen time. It engulfed all beings, particularly the Muslims. Anyone would be right in saying that the world, from the time God created humans until now, has not been stricken by its like. Histories contain nothing that even approaches it.
    • Ibn al-Athir (1160-1232/1233), Muslim historian
    • Quoted by Shafique N. Virani (2007), The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation, Oxford University Press, ISBN, page 30
  • ... after they had besieged the city for a long time, they took it and put the inhabitants to death. When we were journeying through that land we came across countless skulls and bones of dead men lying about on the ground. ... the Tartars destroyed the whole of Russia.
    • Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, the Pope's envoy to the Mongol Great Khan, describing his travel through Kiev in February 1246
    • Quoted by Kelly DeVries, Michael Livingston (2019), Medieval Warfare: A Reader, University of Toronto Press, ISBN 9781442636699, page 319

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