The old world had many great leaders. Alexander the Great,
Hannibal and even Julius Caesar met with struggle on their rise to
power. Perhaps Genghis Khan was the most significant of all these
rulers. To prove that Genghis Khan was the greatest ruler, we must go
back to the very beginning of his existence. We must examine such
issues as; Genghis¹s struggle for power/how his life as a child would
affect his rule, his personal and military achievements and his
Genghis Khan was originally born as Temujin in 1167. He showed
early promise as a leader and a fighter. By 1206, an assembly of
Mongolian chieftains proclaimed him Genghis Khan. Which meant
Universal or invincible prince. This was a bold move for the assembly.
They obviously saw some leadership qualities in Genghis that others
didn¹t. When Genghis Khan was little, his chieftain father poisoned.
With no leader left, the tribe abandoned Genghis and his mother. They
were left alone for many years to care for themselves. Throughout
these years, his family met many hardships such as shortage of food
and shortage of money. Though unable to read, Genghis was a very wise
man. His mother told him at a very early age the importance of trust
and independence. "Remember, you have no companions but your shadow"
Grolier Encyclopedia. (1995) CD ROM
This quote was to mean to Genghis, don¹t put to much trust in
anyone, trust no one but yourself and if you must go your own way then
do so. In 1206, Genghis Khan proclaimed the ruler of Mongolia. Genghis
was a very respected leader. Like other leaders he knew what his
people wanted. They want everything that is good and nothing that is
bad. Genghis knew...
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...¹s death in 1227, His army was at war with Yi Yia
Genghis Khan died on August 18, 1227, and was buried in a secret
location in Mongolia. By rewarding skill and allegiance, and punishing
those who opposed him, Genghis Khan established a vast empire and the
most powerful empire to ever exist. Upon his death, Genghis¹s son
Kublai Khan took over the empire, founding the chinese-style Yuan
dynasty. Mongol rule brought relative peace to Asia, leaving China
accessible to foreign visitors, such as Marco Polo.
Grolier Encyclopedia. (1995). CD ROM
The New World Book. (1995). CD ROM
Empires Beyond the Great Wall: The Heritage of Genghis Khan.
Online. Internet. 1 May 1996
Heroes (Genghis Khan 1167-1227).
Online. Internet. 2 May 1996
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