Pluvials, droughts, the Mongol Empire, and modern Mongolia.

  title={Pluvials, droughts, the Mongol Empire, and modern Mongolia.},
  author={Neil Pederson and Amy E Hessl and Nachin Baatarbileg and Kevin J Anchukaitis and Nicola Di Cosmo},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={111 12},
Although many studies have associated the demise of complex societies with deteriorating climate, few have investigated the connection between an ameliorating environment, surplus resources, energy, and the rise of empires. The 13th-century Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous land empire in world history. Although drought has been proposed as one factor that spurred these conquests, no high-resolution moisture data are available during the rapid development of the Mongol Empire. Here we… CONTINUE READING
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