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Muslim historians recorded the Mongol conquest of Baghdad. In order to evaluate potential bias in these records, it would be useful to compare them to other records of Mongol conquests. Since the Mongols didn't record their side of the story, do we have any other, more neutral records of Mongol conquest and their behavior towards conquered peoples?

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Were the Mongols more brutal than other invading nomads? Did they perceive themselves as brutal? What does "brutal" mean? To what should we compare the Mongols? What was the Mongol attitude towards conquered peoples? –  Mark C. Wallace Apr 27 at 18:31
Yes, what was the Mongol attitude towards conquered people.. –  elven_rider Apr 27 at 18:43
It would have been hard to kill 2 million people during the Siege of Baghdad given that the population figure given in the same Wikipedia article mentions that the city's population peaked much earlier at 1 million. –  Comintern Apr 27 at 20:16
I think the answer can be summarised in one sentence: if you fully submit and rescind all your human rights, then brutal; if you resist, then supremely brutal! –  Noldorin Apr 29 at 0:50
It'd probably be a good idea to look at Chinese sources. They had less incentive to lie about Mongols. –  DVK Apr 29 at 15:55

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In Russia Mongols usually demanded the cities to surrender. If a city surrendered without a major fight, the Mongols usually would not conduct much of mass killings. They would impose a heavy taxation and require the city to provide troops for their further conquests.

Other than that they usually did not intervene much in the internal affairs and customs. They did not impose their laws and did not try to win the popularity with the people either.

Particularly since they did not force people to convert into another religion, their conquests were not associated with much of religious bloodshed which accompanied the religious wars of the time, such as the Crusades.

On the other hand if a city would not surrender, they could proceed as far as killing all the inhabitants except a few poeple whom they then would instruct to go to the other cities in the area and spread the word about how the Mongols brutal to those who does not surrender so to advise them to give up without resistence.

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Good answer but would benefit from sources –  DVK Apr 29 at 15:54
As DVK stated, a very good answer. However, we would be grateful, if you support us with sources. –  elven_rider May 4 at 10:22

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