Check Your Understanding Questions
To what degree were the emperors of the Song dynasty effective at running a thriving civilization? Why?
How did the way the Khitan Liao lived, once they established a more settled empire, compare with that of the Jurchen Jin once they did so as well?
Did succession to the position of great khan work out as Chinggis Khan had hoped in the decades after his death?
Using the map provided, identify each part of the Mongol Empire. (credit: modification of work "Map of the Mongol Empire c. 1300, after its four subdivisions" by "Gabagool"/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)
How did the rivers and hydraulic infrastructure of China allow the Song dynasty to prolong their rule and stave off defeat by the Mongols for many years?
Why did the Mongol Empire break apart?
What was a common source of instability among both Christian and Islamic monarchies in the thirteenth century?
Why were the Ayyubids and Mamluks able to repel the crusades of the first half of the thirteenth century?
Why might members of the Sudra and Pariah castes convert to Islam under the Delhi Sultanate?