The role of ‘Desht-I-Kipchak’ soldiers in the formation of the Yuan dynasty

The role of ‘Desht-I-Kipchak’ soldiers in the formation of the Yuan dynasty

Researchers of the Center for the Turkic nomad studies and the Institute of History discussed the role of ‘Desht-I-Kipchak’ soldiers in the formation of the Yuan dynasty. Scientists say that the Turkic tribes helped emperor Khubilai to conquer Mongols who rebelled against him. As a result, Kipchak commander Tutuk became the second important man in the empire. Today a monument in memory of the soldiers, including the Kipchak steppe soldiers was built in one of the Japanese cities.

YASUHIRO YOKKAICHI, PROFESSOR, RIKKYO UNIVERSITY

 - In Mongol empires, many Turkish including Kipchak appointed royal imperial guard, generals and military. Yan dynasty Khubilai also appointed them as imperial guard and generals. When Khubilai attacked Japan many Turkish were also appointed as generals.