How to build my own Empire (Mongolian Empire)

timer Asked: Aug 15th, 2014

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You are charged with a mission: lay out plans for building an empire. For inspiration, rely on your knowledge of the great empires of the ancient world that we have examined in Weeks One and Two. 

  1. Your proposal must be between 750 and 1000 words.
  2. You must include citations and references for a minimum of two scholarly articles, books, or chapters in scholarly books. The Mahdavi textbook does not count as a required source.
  3. You must include citations and references for a minimum of one primary source (text, image, structure, or artifact).
  4. You may include citations and references for course materials or credible websites, but these references are in addition to (not instead of) the required sources.
  5. You may include images to support your plan, but they are in addition to (not instead of) the 750-1000 word proposal.
  6. You must include specific examples of tactics, strategies, or achievements derived from at least two precisely defined ancient empires to defend your proposal.
  7. Remember that you must keep in mind the historical context within which you are building your empire. You do not have access to modern technologies! You must rely on the methods and materials available to people of the ancient world.
Based on your understanding of imperial ventures, address the following issues as you formulate your proposal. 
  1. Introduction to your scheme: What is your “grand vision”?
  2. Proposed geographic boundaries of imperial territory, either currently under control, or scheduled for incorporation
    • Advantages in holding this territory
    • Potential problems in holding this territory
    • How you envision addressing potential problems
  3. Type of governing system you will advocate to create, expand, or maintain your empire
    • Advantages of this system
    • Potential problems with this system
    • How you envision addressing potential problems
  4. Social structures advantageous to the creation, expansion, and maintenance of your empire
    • Advantages of these social structures
    • Potential problems with this system
    • How you envision addressing potential problems
  5. Policies or objectives toward trade, commerce, and monetary supply
    • Advantages of these policies or objectives
    • Potential problems with these policies or objectives
    • How you envision addressing potential problems
  6. Values, morals, and ideals you wish to promote
    • What you hope to achieve by promoting these concepts
    • How you hope to promote these concepts
    • What potential problems might arise
  7. Selling your plan: Who do you need to convince to make your vision a reality? Consider the following:
    • Your marketing strategy
    • The audience to whom are you trying to “sell” your vision
    • The “message” are you trying to send
    • Mechanisms can you utilize to “sell” your vision
Provide a conclusion that acknowledges potential problems, but confirms the validity of your proposal. 
  1. What is the largest obstacle to success?
  2. How will you overcome this obstacle?
  3. What are the ultimate advantages of your proposal?

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