Search This Blog 2 answers 2. These workers would be put to use In addition to the organized destruction of some cities, he depopulated expansive areas of land by the laborious destruction of the irrigation system, [so that the fields would revert to] grazing land, kept as reserve pastures for future campaigns.
The dry desert soils of these areas preserve bones for hundreds and sometimes thousand of years, yet none of them has yileded any trace of the millions said to have been slaughtered by the Mongols. A river of bright silk flowed out of China.
Spanning Eurasia from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, it catalyzed the exchange of ideas across vast differences of history and culture, and the thesis of this book is that some of these ideas like religious freedom and technologies like printing, or gunpowder were imported into Europe and formed the basis for the Renaissance.
An enormous variety of new consumer goods, agriculture, weaponry, religion, and medical science became available in Europe. Later, more conservative scholars place the number of dead from GK's invasion of Central Asia at 15 mn within 5 years.