Genghis Khan (1162-1227): A Mongol Warrior

I recently saw the movie Mongol, released 2007, and it was fantastic. One of the things I look for in a movie is whether it is visually exciting or as some say – a  “visual feast”. This movie no doubt is beautifully crafted and gives a sympathetic view to Genghis Khan – I highly recommend it.  I enjoyed it so much it spurred me to do my own research on the great Genghis Khan and share it all with you today.

Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan is accredited for uniting the Mongolian Empire and ruthlessly conquering vast stretches of  Asia during his time.  Originally born under the name Temujin to a Mongolian chieftain, he became chief at the age of 13 after his father was murdered. Known to be a charismatic leader, he was eventually able to unify the rest of the Mongol tribes. His nick name Genghis Khan, meaning the “emperor of all emperors”, thus arose.

Not satisfied with ruling all the Mongol tribes, Genghis set out a campaign of conquest which  included portions of modern-day China, Russia, Mongolia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.  At the height of the Mongol Empire, it stretched from Korea to Eastern Europe. Shortly after Genghis’s death, the empire quickly disintegrated under his heirs.

How were Genghis Khan and his army able to conquer such a vast land in such a short time? Not only were the Mongol armies highly disciplined and effective, but they were known to be vicious as well. Typically, they gave an enemy city the opportunity to surrender peacefully. If the offer was not taken, then every resident was killed. This caused such great  terror that often times Genghis and his army were able to conquer  whole nations without a fight.

Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire  opened up contact between Europe and Asia by opening the Silk Road, the trade route which the Italian Marco Polo  used to reach the land of the Khans. The Mongol Empire has inspired writers such as British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his poem “Kubla Khan”.

What are your thoughts and opinions on Genghis Khan?

8 thoughts on “Genghis Khan (1162-1227): A Mongol Warrior”

  1. My undergrad was in military history and I studied Genghis Khan to some extent. He was a brillent tactician worthy of study. Not quite to the level of Robert E. Lee, but he dominated his time.

    I have never heard of the movie from 2007but will check it out. Sounds like I would like it.

    Steve Chambers, Sale Trainer Speaker

  2. I had seen the movie” Chenghizkhan” in late 70’s. Omar Sharrief was anti Hero (The Minister) and I have forgotten the name of the actor in the role of Chenghizhkhan. It was a story of a great warrior, a person who takes revenge on the Monarchy more over the fight between minister and khan was really so natural which I never seen in the movies so far.
    I cannot forget the movie, of course Mangoles are enemies to Indians but after seeing the movie, I started liking his way of life and how khan chaged his life into a Revolutionist. – Manohar.

  3. Actually, the great Khan was not the one who opened or established the silk road. The Manichean religion spread through all the tribes and cultures from the 2nd century through the 9th century, when they became the largest religion in the world. Manicheans were peace-loving and established the trade routes between what is now Europe all the way to Asia. Because the Manicheans wouldn’t fight, the Mongols over-powered their communities easily, and completely destroyed their civilizations in the process. The Catholic church sought to destroy all their written documents and did such a thorough job that very little information remains for us today. It seems the church objected to their teachings of reincarnation, and cooperation among cultures.


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