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They were the conquerors, they were the masters, and they considered it right and ﬁtting that they should enjoy the fullest beneﬁts from the position they had won. It seems that they often had little idea of how to do so, at least in a sustainable way, but there were many among those they conquered who were able to help and advise them. There was probably a complex interplay between the Mongols and the various groups of peoples who came under their rule (De Rachewiltz 1983: 294–5). At least in China, it seems that the Mongol khans experimented with a variety of government methods and made frequent changes to the administrative system before they felt that they had arrived at something that worked well.
A network of relay stations, with horses and supplies, was set up all over the empire, each station being a day’s journey from the next. Couriers riding on horseback carried messages from one station to the next, usually changing horses at each station. Urgent messages could be carried at an accelerated rate, couriers riding as fast as possible, changing to fresh horses regularly and even riding day and night. Marco says that, in this way, a message might be carried two or three hundred miles a day.
Shangdu continued to be used as a summer capital, to avoid the heat of Beijing. In 1272, Khubilai adopted the Chinese title of ‘Yuan’ for his dynasty, at the suggestion of Liu Bingzhong. ) 1982: 328). Dissent within the Mongol ruling house after 1260 led to the effective break-up of the great Mongol empire (Morgan 1986: 157–8). After the defeat of Arigh Böke in 1264, a new claimant to be the rightful Great Khan appeared. This was Khaidu, grandson of Ögödei and nephew of Güyüg. He gained the support of the descendants of Chaghadai in their Central Asian khanate and embarked on war against Khubilai Khan.
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