Can one man really change the world? If that man is Genghis Khan, the answer is yes. Born around 1161, Temujin, as he was named, grew up in humble surroundings. As a teenager, he fled from enemy raiders, but he became a fearlessand fearedman who commanded an army of thousands and an empire of millions. In fact, by the mid-1200s Genghis Khan's Mongol Empire included much of the known world. Though he was responsible for the deaths of millions, he also showed tolerance for religious and cultural differences among the many peoples he conquered, and he brought stability and unification to a vast area where it had never before existed. Even today, the name Genghis Khan continues to instill fear in some and admiration in others. His election as Great Khan in approximately 1190 is surely one of history's most pivotal moments.
About the Author
Alison Behnke is an editor and writer. She has written numerous books for children. Her Visual Geography Series® titles include Afghanistan in Pictures, China in Pictures, Italy in Pictures, Japan in Pictures, North Korea in Pictures, and South Korea in Pictures. For the Biography® series, she wrote Jack Kerouac and Pope John Paul II. She has also written for the In America and Easy Menu series, as well as The Conquests of Alexander the Great from the Pivotal Moments in History series.
Table of ContentsLife Among the Mongols 4
Struggles on the Steppes 24
Forging a Mongol Nation 40
The Foundations of an Empire 58
Storming the Gates of Cathay 72
A Wave Crashing Westward 90
Epilogue: In the Great Khan's Wake 118
Primary Source Research 130
Primary Source: Portraits 134
Who's Who? 145
Source Notes 150
Selected Bibliography 152
Further Reading and Websites 153