Genghis Khan

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1162 – 1227

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Who was Genghis Khan?

Genghis Khan, born Temujin, was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his demise.

He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed "Genghis Khan", he started the Mongol invasions that resulted in the conquest of most of Eurasia. These included raids or invasions of the Kara-Khitan Khanate, Caucasus, Khwarezmid Empire, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populationsespecially in the Khwarezmian controlled lands. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.

Before Genghis Khan died, he assigned Ögedei Khan as his successor and split his empire into khanates among his sons and grandsons. He died in 1227 after defeating the Western Xia. He was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Mongolia at an unknown location. His descendants went on to stretch the Mongol Empire across most of Eurasia by conquering or creating vassal states out of all of modern-day China, Korea, the Caucasus, Central Asian countries, and substantial portions of modern Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Many of these invasions repeated the earlier large-scale slaughters of local populations. As a result Genghis Khan and his empire have a fearsome reputation in local histories.

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Born
1162
Delüün Boldog
Also known as
  • Temujin
  • 元太祖成吉思汗
  • 成吉思皇帝
  • 成吉思可汗
  • 鐵木真
  • 帖木真
  • 聖武皇帝
  • 法天啟運
  • 法天啟運聖武皇帝
  • Yuán Tàizǔ
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Mongols
Nationality
  • Mongol Empire
Profession
Died
Aug 18, 1227
Western Xia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013