The Conquests of Genghis Khan

The Conquests of Genghis Khan

by Alison Behnke


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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 fearless—and feared—man 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822575191
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: Pivotal Moments in History Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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 Contents

Life 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
Timeline     136
Glossary     143
Who's Who?     145
Source Notes     150
Selected Bibliography     152
Further Reading and Websites     153
Index     156

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