Fall of Yuan Dynasty

Fall of Yuan Dynasty

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  • I am hungry!  What happened to our food?
  • Life sucks under the Yuan Dynasty.  I hope it falls soon.
  • Let's rebel!
  • I want my mommy!
  • Oh no you don't!
  • We defeated! Boohooo.
  • You mean, we did it.
  • I did it!
  • The final years of the Yuan dynasty were marked by struggle, famine, and bitterness among the populace, with Kublai Khan’s successors losing all influence on other Mongol lands across Asia.
  • Sorry, I would like to stay but the Ming Dynasty is coming.
  • From the late 1340s onward, people in the countryside suffered from frequent natural disasters such as droughts, floods, and the resulting famines, and the government’s lack of effective policy led to a loss of popular support, eventually leading to the Red Turban Rebellion, which weakened the Yuan’s power.
  • Back to Mongolia we go.
  • Emperor Toghun Temür defeated the Red Turban Rebellion, but was weakened and needed to rely more heavily on local warlords, and therefore central government control dissipated.
  • Toghun fled north to Shangdu from Khanbaliq (present-day Beijing) in 1368 after the approach of the forces of the Míng dynasty (1368–1644), founded by Zhu Yuanzhang in the south, thereby ending the Yuan.
  • The Yuan remnants retreated to Mongolia after the fall of Yingchang in 1370, and there formally carried on the name Great Yuan in what is known as the Northern Yuan dynasty. 
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