For many years the history of the Mongols has been cloudy, with translations of translations setting them up to be a brute society of savages, hellbent on conquering, but that is just not true. This week Leah brings in some of the biggest misconceptions about the Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan. She also brings her friend Sam Bass, a professor of Mongol and East Asian History at Simon Fraser University in Canada. (Hint: Strap in, because things are gonna get technical.)

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Tatiana Zerjal et. al. “The Genetic Legacy of the Mongols” American journal of human genetics, vol. 72 (3), 2003, pp. 717-21.
Choongwon Jeong et. al. “A Dynamic 6,000-Year Genetic History of Eurasia’s Eastern Steppe” Cell, vol. 183 (4), 2020, pp. 890-904.