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Genghis Khan. - A Mongolian Hero -. Presentation by Paige Lantz. Mongolia and Mongols. Seen by Americans as relatively insignificant Thought of as barbarians Mostly pictured on horseback wielding bows and arrows. Mongolia. ◦ Between Russia and China ◦ 3 x size France

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Genghis khan

Genghis Khan

- A Mongolian Hero -

Presentation by Paige Lantz

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Mongolia and Mongols

  • Seen by Americans as relatively


  • Thought of as barbarians

  • Mostly pictured on horseback

    wielding bows and arrows

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◦ Between Russia and China

◦ 3 x size France

◦Sparsely populated

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Interesting Population Facts

~ Roughly 3 million people

~ Population density 1.36/ square kilometer

~ More animals than people (ratio 12:1)

~ 50% Rural: 50% Urban

~ 90% of population ethnic Mongolian

~ Other 10% made up of Kazakh, Russian, Chinese and other

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Ulan Bator

  • Capital city

  • Largest city

  • ¼ of the total population of Mongolia lives there

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Rural Population

- Nomadic herders

- Animal husbandry

- Felt tent homes

called Yurts



- Huge metropolis

- Like any other city

- All kinds of workers

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Mystery of the East

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Household Name

Around the World

  • Genghis Khan~


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~to the country~


What’s so great about Genghis Khan?

~and to the people~

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The Stone Age

Archaeological evidence of

humans in the area

100,000-200,000 yrs ago

Early humans found to be

living in the area south

of the Gobi desert

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The Bronze Age

1st millennium

Early humans move into

Mongolia’s heartland

Iron Weapons

3rdcentury B.C.

Invention of weapons leads to

raids into China

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Early Mongols

  • Small nomadic tribes

  • Very aggressive to their enemies

  • Invaded early China

  • Very decentralized

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-Constant battle over land

between the two countries

-Lasted thousands

of years

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Original Leader

Kabul Khan

Unification of Mongol tribes

11th and 12th centuries

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1162 -Temujin is born

  • Grandson of Khan (or ruler) of

    leading clan

  • Later to be known as Genghis Khan

  • Father killed by Tatars when twelve

  • Rejected by clan as leader

  • Family sent into exile

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  • Family taken in by Keriet clan

  • Gained rank and leadership in adopted clan

  • By age of 20 had returned to birth clan and seized control

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  • Tribal Alliances Leading to Rule

  • Had control over adopted clan

  • Regained control of birth tribe

  • Strength of leadership led to admiration of other clan leaders

  • Backing of other clans leads to leadership of entire Bonjigin tribe

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Genghis’ contributions to the Mongols



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  • Unification of Mongol tribes

  • Organization of previously random attacks

  • Continuously successful invasions

  • Gained and held control of lands

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Expansion of an empire

  • By 1213 empire had

    extended as far south as the

    Great Wall of China

  • By 1215 empire had reached

    the area of what is now Beijing

  • By 1218 empire extended as

    far west as Lake Balkhash

  • Empire also reached Caspian

    Sea to the west and the Persian

    Gulf to the south

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Strategies to create an empire

  • Harnessed the tribe’s tendency for war

  • Organized the tribes

  • Used tactics never before used in battle

  • Used strategy (not just force) to win

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~ United over 80 Mongolian tribes

~ Mongol Empire during his reign was most powerful nation

on earth at that time

~ Era of his reign known as the “Golden Era” in Mongolian


~ Created military strategies more successful than had ever

been seen before

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A national hero?

1911-1991 Mongolian independent, but tied to

soviet Union

1991-Today Mongolian nationalism a replacement

for Soviet-style Communism

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What do the people think?

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The Urban Population

Chinggis (Genghis) Hotel

~ Located in Ulaanbaatar

~ Sees Genghis as military genius,

and overlook his atrocities

~ Want to study more in depth

~ Are proud that he is known by

the rest of the world

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The Rural Population

~ More concerned with raising

their children and animals

~ Are proud of Khan’s world


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World View

Washington Post

~ Named Khan best leader

of the last millennium

~ And called him an elite

person of the millennium

World Academy of Chinggis Khan

~ Researching his life and achievements more thoroughly

~ Globally educate everyone as to khan’s philosophies

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