The Life and Achievements of Genghis Khan

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Genghis Khan’s birth was truly unique, the creation of a leader. Genghis Khan was born in the 1160s under the name Temujin, which translates to blacksmith. He was born about 200-mi. northeast of Ulaanbaatar near the Onon River, in Mongolia. Temujin’s birth resulted in stories saying that he grasped a clot of blood in his hand, this sign granted good fortune and was the token of a leader. He was the 3rd oldest son of his father and the oldest son of his mother. Temujin had 3 brothers and 1 sister, in addition to two half brothers. His family was nomads as many Mongol families were. His father, Yesukhei was a chieftain, therefore causing Temujin to be born into a noble lifestyle. However this privilege would allow him to gain power quickly and effectively.

In Mongolia, the nomadic way of life was a tough one. Temujin went through, and over-came many obstacles to earn the position he reached. Similar to most Mongol children he grew up on horseback, learning at four or five. At the age of nine years old Temujin’s father arranged a marriage for him with Borte. Temujin was supposed to live in Borte’s home in service to Sansar, head of household. He would live with them until he reached the marriageable age of twelve, when he could be released to marry Borte. However when Temujin was nine years old, Tatars poisoned his father while his father was traveling. As a result of his father’s death, Temujin returned home to claim the position as khan of the tribe. In spite of tradition the tribe did not want to be ruled by a boy so infantile, so they deserted Temujin's mother and siblings forcing them into poverty. To help his family live, Temujin and brothers netted fish and small animals called marmots. While young he showed signs of leade...

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...ld go so extreme that he would even have his own mother take in orphans from this defeated tribe into her own loving arms and home. However, political introductions withdrew strong loyalty throughout the conquered people, causing Temüjin to be stronger with each victory.

Genghis Khan withheld an extremely modern way of thinking. Can you believe he wanted to introduce the concept that everyone, including women, were equal? The Yassa, a code created by Genghis Khan, governed the Mongol Empire. The Mongol Empire had freedom of religion. Provided that, they had a tradition in which religion was a personal choice, not to be effect with law or interference. Multiple historians say that before Genghis Khan passed away he desired to make a civil state where all human beings were equal, including women, a concept America did not even understand for a very long time after.
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