Ailin Huang History 2B Professor D. Blumenthal 2/2/2018 Contracting depictions on Naiman and Mongols Contracting depictions on Naiman and Mongols The Mongol account is a record of their expansion under Chingis Khan; a minor chieftain’s son who got Mongol Princes’ support between 1187 and 1206 through military conquest and founding the Mongol empire. The account – The Secret History- was written by a Mongolian with Uighur letters. It is therefore an insider's account. On the other hand this raises the question of perspective and prejudice towards the opposite side discussed below. The title gives away the writers intentions in that it is ‘The Secret History of the Mongols.' It is clear that the account will be from a Mongol point of view and not a neutral standpoint. From the beginning it is evident that the writer intends to sway the opinion of the readers towards the favor of the likely that they would honor the fallen not praise the enemy. We can therefore conclude that the writer being a Mongol presents a skewed opinion on the matter of the war between the Naiman and the Mongol. All the odds stacked against the Mongol but the writer leads us to believe that the loss the Naiman is entirely as a result of Tayang Khan's leadership who seems to have no saving grace. He is depicted only in derogatory terms such as a coward a fool and a weakling; This cannot be entirely true since despite being a leader other subordinates seem to object and if Tayang Khan were as depicted they would have taken measures to safeguard themselves and their people. It is thus likely that the writer may have been misinformed on some of the facts or intentionally slanders the Naiman as it is evident they are enemies. [...]
I wrote an analysis on a history article and my research topic is the different depictions between the Naiman and the Mongols by the author. I will attach my essay, the instruction, and the reading below.