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Review Of Genghis Kahn

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Larry Berg's Genghis Kahn: Life Lessons from the Famous Mongolian Emperor, explores aspects of the life of Genghis Khan himself, and how certain life-changing events influenced his rise to power, and rule. Following common knowledge attributable to documentaries, movies and other various sources, Genghis Khan is a cruel and aggressive ruler. Contrary to that statement, he was a passionate man who acted selflessly to better his own people. "If my body dies, let my body die, but do not let my country die". To Genghis Khan, it did not matter if he was forgotten. If his country developed, that is all that mattered. Despite all the terror he inflicted, Khan was a rational ruler, and was anything ...view middle of the document...

He set his wife, Borte, as the Grand Empress of the Mongol Empire and the first court. She had most of power of the Kherlen River, and she influence Khan's decision making; if she did not agree, Kahn would listen.

Although Kahn captured many different people, he allowed them to continue with their religious beliefs. He welcomed religions not of his own, some including Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. He allowed this believing that it would "bring his followers to come together"(Chapter 4, P2). Kahn also followed the Yassa Code, which is the secret writing law set across Mongolian communities. Often, Kahn would bring up war orphans to expand his army. The children are raised to be loyal Mongolians, who serve and defend the nation. Kahn also authorized a monetary system using paper money. That in combination with the Chinese keeping the silver ingot, helped create a court to collect taxes, and reduce the costs for imported goods during his time.

As Khan rose to power, he became rather wealthy. Although he had riches, he refused to spend them on material possessions. Given that he grew up deprived, he valued what he had, and his ability to acquire what he wanted was satisfaction enough for him, which is shown from the following quote by Genghis Khan himself: "The greatest joy for a man is to defeat his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all they possess, to see those they love in tears, to ride their horses, and to hold their wives and daughters in his arms". Khan would punish, and kill...

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