Genghis Kahn's Great Conquest Essay

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Genghis Kahn's Great ConquestA feared ruler and skillful military leader Genghis Kahn brought together his people to build one of the largest empires of all time. From a young age he demonstrated the abilities of a skilled ruler, showing courage and ambition. As he grew older these attributes became the means by which he led the Mongols. He ruled using fear to keep his empire intact. He used cunning and genius to lead on of the most powerful armies of all time.Genghis Kahn was actually just a title. He was born Temujin of the Borjign tribe (Wolf 87). The qualities that would one day make him a great leader became prevalent in his every day life at a very young age. When Temujin was very young his father, the chief of the tribe, was poisoned by a rival tribe called the Tartars (Wolf 87). Left to look after his family at such a young age forced him to grow up quickly and become a man when he was only about twelve. He displayed the qualities of courage when he was captured by a rival tribe. By taking back eight horses that had been stolen from him he shows his deadication to his family and his willingness to do what he felt needed to be done(Wolf 87).Temujin's skill as a leader made him a name within in his tribe and he eventually he decided to go into the service of a powerful leader of a neighboring tribe, the Kerait. It is likely that this is where he developed much of his skill as a military leader and as a negotiator. He led his people to many victories. He gained notice from the people in power in his tribe. Often when a great leader arose the chieftains of the tribe would elect one leader to take charge of the entire tribe. Following in the footsteps of his family Temujin became the next "Kahn" or head leader of the Mongols (Wolf 88).Temujin decided to follow in the foot steps of one of his ancestors, Kabul Kahn, who had brought the Mongol tribes under a single rule for a brief period (Spodek 383). He set out upon a conquest of other tribes such as the Kerain, the Merkin, and Naiman. After these successes the Kahn joined with many tribes and "Those who resisted 'were annihilated untill all declared their submission'" (Wolf 89). This earned the Khan supreme rule over the Mongols. His new title Genghis Khan even meant "Universal Ruler" (Wolf 383). Along with his new title Genghis Khan earned a reputation for extreme brutality towards any that would oppose him. "Temujin defeated the Tartars and killed all surviving males taller that a cart axel. He defeated the Taichi'ut and boiled alive all their chiefs" (Spodek 383).After his crowning as Genghis Khan, Temujin began another conquest. His army had grown and the Khan decided to go after China. Genghis took on the great task of conquering all of China and uniting it under a single ruler. He started with the Tangut kingdom of Xixia then to the Great Wall of China. He conquered the capital, Zhondu. Then all of China belonged to the Mongols. Then Korea, Large parts of south East Asia. He then turned...

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