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Stroke of Luck Saves Europe, by Peter Strahl


Stroke of Luck Saves Europe

By Peter Strahl

Angel of Death to thank for defeat of Mongols in 1241?

For centuries, the Poles have celebrated April 9, 1241 as a day of great victory over the Golden Horde of the Mongols (called at that time “Tartars” or “Tatars”) near Liegnitz—a day that turned back forever the threat of Central Asian conquest. But was it really so? TBR looks at how Europeans ironically snatched “victory” from the jaws of defeat.

The Mongols began invading Russia and Europe in the year 1237. In A.D. 1240, with the fall of the great Ukrainian city of Kiev, the Mongol empire under Ogedei Khagan (i.e., “Great Khan Ogedei”), son of Genghis Khan, stood near the greatest extent of its power. Its reach extended from the ancestral homelands in the east through northern China, as far as Persia and India; and the Asian armies had conquered every Russian principality that stood in their way. [read the entire article as PDF…]

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