Genghis Khan: One of the World's Greatest Leaders

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Genghis Khan was one of the world's greatest leaders.
He was born in 1167 near lake Baikal in Russia At the age of 13 he succeeded his father as tribal chief. By 1206 he
was the master of much of Mongolia and was named by his
people Genghis Kahn meaning precious warrior lord. In
1208 he got his foothold inside the great wall of China and in 1213 he led his armies south and west into the area and did not stop until he reached Shantung Peninsula. In 1215 he
captured Yenking with his armies, the last Chin stronghold, and in 1218 the Korean Peninsula fell to his powers. In
1219, for revenge of the murders of some Mongol traders
he turned his armies west, invading Khoresm, a Turkish
empire. Looting and demolishing, they swept through
Turkistan and sacked the cities of Bukhoro and Samarqand.
The invaders also took the cities of Peshawar and Lahore
and the surrounding the country. In 1222 they marched to
Russia and took over the regions between the Volga and
Dnerp rivers, controlling almost everything to the arctic
ocean. The reason that Khan was such a great leader was
because he kept his army excellently organized, they were
also very disciplined and maneuverable. He was also an
honorable statesman and his empire was so safe and
organized that it is said that a visitor could go from one end of his reign without feeling worried about what will happen when he has died. When he died on August 18th 1227, his empire was split up 3 ways and gave it to his 3 sons. That was the end of a truly great empire.
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