What impact did the Mongols have on the development of Europe and Asia?  

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Europeans feared and loathed the Mongols and their inevitable excursions west. Despite the contemporary sense of doom that was felt, the Mongol excursions into eastern Europe had a profound effect on the future of both Europe and Asia. The Mongol conquest of eastern Europe brought about a period of peace...

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Europeans feared and loathed the Mongols and their inevitable excursions west. Despite the contemporary sense of doom that was felt, the Mongol excursions into eastern Europe had a profound effect on the future of both Europe and Asia. The Mongol conquest of eastern Europe brought about a period of peace that has been dubbed by historians as the Pax Mongolica. Tribes of people that were traditionally at war with one another were now unified under a powerful central ruler. This allowed a renewed vigor in the area of trade along routes that were established centuries before. Trade between Europe and China allowed stimulation in both economies. The exchange of culture and technology were other corollary effects of the renewed interest in trade routes. This had a very strong benefit for western Europe.

The Mongols also brought a very serious disease to Europe known as the Bubonic Plague. The disease mercilessly wiped out up to a two-thirds of the population of Europe. The destruction of the plague and the wealth brought on by trade with the East hastened the demise of the Feudal system in Europe. The influence of the Roman Catholic Church declined as well in the period after Mongol rule.

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