Genghis Khan conquered more territory than any ruler in the history of the world. He forged a ruthless path of blood through Europe and Asia. He is said to have had good effects as well, such as opening up the void between East and Western cultures. Here is part one of our list.
Number Fifteen: Genghis Khan Was a Blacksmith
His original name was Temujin, meaning “blacksmith”. He had to earn the name he would become so famous for, which didn’t occur until 1206.
Number Fourteen: He Hunted and Foraged to Survive
Young Khan had a difficult childhood, including losing his father to poisoning at the age of nine, which forced his mother to raise her seven kids by herself. He had to hunt and forage to survive and is rumored to have murdered his own brother over a dispute about food.
Number Thirteen: Some of His Enemies Became His Own Soldiers
Instead of recruiting for class or ancestry, Genghis Khan liked to promote his soldiers based on skill. It’s been said that, while trying to find the soldier responsible for nearly killing him from a mysterious arrow, when the man confessed, Khan was so impressed with his bravery, he made him an officer and nicknamed him “Arrow”.
Number Twelve: He Gave Peace a Chance
He didn’t always barge in using violence as the first choice. He gave kingdoms the option of submitting in a peaceful manner to Mongol rule. However, if they didn’t comply, things got ugly, and many died.
Number Eleven: A Death Toll of At Least 40 Million
It’s hard to know the exact number of people who died at the hands of this ruthless ruler, but it’s estimated to be at least 40 million. It’s been said that the Mongols’ attacks have reduced the population of our planet by 11%.
Number Ten: The ‘Yam’
Khan is credited with starting a vast communication system known as the “Yam.” This system consisted of post services and resting areas for soldiers.
Number Nine: A Successful Grandson
It seems that effective ruling runs in this family. Khan’s grandchild, Kubilai Khan, is known for following in his grandfather’s footsteps and consolidating the Mongol empire in 1264. We hope you enjoyed part one of our list. Check back for part two, coming soon.