What did the Mongols gain from their conquests in the short and long run?

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In the short term, the Mongols gained the usual things from their conquests.  They gained in power and in economic terms.  They were able to gain these things because they controlled large areas of Eurasia and were able to collect taxes and tribute from those areas.

In the long term, however, it is hard to see what the Mongols gained.  The Mongols were not able to hang to their empires for any very long period of time.  The Mongol homeland did not become a rich place or a center of power.  If they did not get rich or powerful in the long term, it is hard to see what they gained.

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