When we finally got back to Ulaanbaatar I quickly checked into the hostel again and showered. I then ran out before getting the combination to my room or even some sheets. After eating, well, inhaling really, a rather strange potato and meat dish I headed to the National History Museum, which had been highly recommended by my guide. Overall I would have to agree. My only complaint was that it skipped around a bit and seemed to forget bits of history all together.
Here's where things began to get a bit spotty. I think that China wanted to control Mongolia and that Mongolia didn't really like this. In 1911 they requested outside help, but no one would come to theirrescue. Then in 1919 the Mongolian government approached the newly formed Bolshevik government for help. They agreed and Mongolia began on the path to communism. Not everyone was happy with this, however, the small capitalist rebellion was quickly squashed. The communist part officially gained control in 1928. The government purged anyone who was against them, between 1933 and 1953 over 36,000 people were killed. When you consider that Mongolia population in 1935 was only 738,200, the number is staggering. The communists party wasn't wholly bad. Prior to their coming ot power only 2% of Mongolians could read. The communist brought in the Cyrillic alphabet and now 96% of people can read. events leading Then things got even more spotty. Mongolia wasn't in WWII, however they donated arms and horses to the USSR. Then things got even more confusing. I know that when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 the satellite countries had to fend for themselves, most of them had new governments by the end of 1991. Mongolia was no different, but none of theup to decommunizaion were discussed. I think they were a bit on the slow side changing things as well. People couldn't own homes until 1996! At this point the museum ended.