Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 216 – The Scourge of the Gods, Part 7

This week: what did it all mean?

Listen to the episode here.


Conlan, Thomas. In Little Need of Divine Intervention.

Rossabi, Morris. Kublai Khan: His Life and Times.

Turnbull, Stephen. The Mongol Invasions of Japan of 1274-1281.

Adams, Ryon. Outfought and Outthought: Reassessing the Mongol Invasions of Japan.


Temur Khan, successor of Kubilai. His hair is done in Mongolian fashion for this portrait, but Temur was a Confucianizer just like his grandfather.

A printing plate (left) and example of paper currency (right) from the Yuan dynasty. Paper money was an attempt to fund the dynasty’s wars, but overprinting led to destructive levels of inflation.

The Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming Dynasty who would displace the Mongols only a few generations after Kublai’s death.

One of these days I’ll watch the taiga about Hojo Tokimune.

Younger folks might know Tokimune as the face of Japan in Civilization VI. Incidentally, the “triforce” actually was the Hojo family mon, or crest — it was the symbol of the Hojo family.


Episode 215 – The Scourge of the Gods, Part 6


Episode 217 – The Red Dawn, Part 1


  1. Alex

    Is the link up? Can’t find it.

    Thanks for all the work you put into this podcast. It’s very interesting and has a great style.

  2. j

    Hi, there’s no link to the podcast 🙁

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