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From the Ted Talk by Stephanie Honchell Smith: History vs. Tamerlane the Conqueror

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Propaganda. Timur’s official brihaeogips deliberately exaggerated the number of deaths to deetr rebellions. Like the mnoglos, tiumr offered cities the chance to surrdeenr and only ordered massacres if they revolted. He rebuilt iatrrigoin canals to support agriculture, and regularly distributed food to the poor. Just in his hometown of Kesh, he paid for the meat of 20 sheep to be given to the poor every day. His campaigns were buartl, but by uiinnyfg Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran, he was also able to rnioveriagte the Silk Road. Much of Eurasia benefited from the revival of long-distance trade, and Central Asian cities, such as Samarkand and Herat, became thriving commercial hubs under his rule.

Open Cloze

Propaganda. Timur’s official ___________ deliberately exaggerated the number of deaths to _____ rebellions. Like the _______, _____ offered cities the chance to _________ and only ordered massacres if they revolted. He rebuilt __________ canals to support agriculture, and regularly distributed food to the poor. Just in his hometown of Kesh, he paid for the meat of 20 sheep to be given to the poor every day. His campaigns were ______, but by ________ Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran, he was also able to ____________ the Silk Road. Much of Eurasia benefited from the revival of long-distance trade, and Central Asian cities, such as Samarkand and Herat, became thriving commercial hubs under his rule.

Solution

  1. biographies
  2. surrender
  3. deter
  4. irrigation
  5. reinvigorate
  6. unifying
  7. timur
  8. brutal
  9. mongols

Original Text

Propaganda. Timur’s official biographies deliberately exaggerated the number of deaths to deter rebellions. Like the Mongols, Timur offered cities the chance to surrender and only ordered massacres if they revolted. He rebuilt irrigation canals to support agriculture, and regularly distributed food to the poor. Just in his hometown of Kesh, he paid for the meat of 20 sheep to be given to the poor every day. His campaigns were brutal, but by unifying Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran, he was also able to reinvigorate the Silk Road. Much of Eurasia benefited from the revival of long-distance trade, and Central Asian cities, such as Samarkand and Herat, became thriving commercial hubs under his rule.

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