Temujin, or more commonly known as Genghis Khan, is about at ruthless as Darth Vader when it comes to conquering people and their lands. Both extremely powerful figures and have a history of conquering people and uniting them under one banner. Particularly in Conn Iggulden's Genghis, that shows the development of how Genghis Khan became the ruler of such a vast amount of land called the Mongol Empire. Genghis achieves his power by ruling with an iron fist, establishing rules, and having an organized empire.
Genghis Khan accomplishes great feats throughout his life. When he is barely a teenager, Genghis and his family are banished from the tribe of the Wolves that they once called home. Surviving became his family's main focus, especially with the growing threat of winter looming over everyone's heads, and Genghis goes to great extremes to see that his family survives the harsh seasons. Because of the impending pressures that Genghis faced, he learns to take charge of his family and sees to it that tasks are completed by his family members. Unlike most kids his age, he matures much more quickly than an average boy. His maturity earns him the respect of his family Members and soon other people from different tribes. His family and him also wants revenge on his father's bondmen who banished them from the tribe, Eeluk. The image of Eeluk dying in front of Genghis drives him forward, and fueles his muscles to continue living until he has accomplishes his goal of seeing Eeluk lying dead before him. As
time passed and he grew older, Genghis soon became a Khan of a little raiding party that held no more than thirty people. He manages to upset the clan that his party had been raiding all winter to the point that the Tartars wanted to go to war with them. Realizing he had no choice, he unites the clans, so that he has a chance to defeat the Tartars. Because the tribes he unites are not familiar with each other and did not trust each other, it was up to him to rule them with an iron fist. He intimidates the conquered people, and promises them their safety for their loyalty to him. With his overpowering presence, it is not hard to imagine why so many people gave up their lives for Genghis.
Another thing that allowed Genghis to go from nothing to controling the expansive empire he conquered, is the rules he had. In the movie, Genghis clearly states some of the laws for the empire to follow. A few of these are to never betray your Khan, never kill children, and never harm a man's wife. Genghis strictly follows the rules he made and it can be seen in the movie when a man comes to pledge his allegiance to Genghis. To some people's surprise, Genghis orders that the man be killed, because the man betrayed his own Khan before he came to Genghis. He smartly makes these laws so that he could prevent raiding, stealing, and much more from happening inside his empire. It is important to remember that Genghis Khan does not have mercy, because if he does he could end up with a knife in his throat. Without these rules to build a foundation, the empire would turn into chaos and would surely crumble.
Aside from all the points made in previous paragraphs, organizing the empire was how Genghis Khan went from being a scrap of bones to becoming the most powerful man in the world at the time. Even when it is only him and his family surviving in the woods, Genghis had very carefully organized everything so that they could survive. He even predicted an attack and
set up a second camp away from the first if there was a need to escape. As his raiding party grows, he organizes all the raids against the Tartars that earn him a name but eventually cause a war. One part of being a good leader, is recognizing that of what the clan needs and planning things out to achieve this. Genghis acceleled in this field, and always carefully planned out this incase of an emergency. Besides organizing the people of his empire, Genghis also organizes the military. Because he understands it so well, he is at an obvious advantage to the others. His unique tactics help him win many wars that would otherwise seem impossible to win. He defeats armies that have two hundred of more men with them, and would clearly win if not for Genghis's smart and quick thinking. His tactics are completely new to the people of the steppe, and that is why Genghis is able to conquer them with ease.
As Genghis Khan conquered the largest empire in the history of the world, he certainly made a name for himself. It was not unit after he had died that the Mongolian empire started to weaken. Although the Mongolian empire was a strong empire for a time, it did not last nearly as long as some of the other empires. One reasoning of why it fell apart, would just be because it was simply to big to rule over. Nevertheless, the Mongolian empire shortly fell after Genghis Khan's rule but is still noticed for expansive size.