“It’s not often a country asks to be annexed and even rarer that the answer is no. Yet this is what happened when Mongolia asked the USSR for just that. So why did the USSR say no? To find out, watch this short and simple animated documentary.” SOURCE: YouTube
I haven’t shared much information about Mongolia on this site before (FUN FACT: Mongolia is the least densely populated county in the world). Most social studies educators are well aware of the history of the Mongolian Empire hundreds of years ago, but we lose the thread of Mongolia in the larger world history narrative. So modern Mongolia: why is it an independent country? It is a classic buffer state between Russia and China and has been used as either a puppet or a pawn by its larger neighbors.