Lead: Genghis Khan, the 13th century Mongol leader who conquered most of Asia and part of Europe, is studied today by politicians, military strategists, business managers, and McDonalds.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Ghengis Khan gave his opponents a choice, once he’d killed all the soldiers. Resist me and you die, cooperate and your life will improve. He was true to his word on both counts. A rather progressive imperialist, he allowed all conquered empires and towns to continue their way of life as long as they paid the Mongol’s annual tribute. His people, who once ate rat flesh and wore rat skins, ate lamb and wore richly embroidered cloth (Ratchnevsky), although the Khan himself remained a simple man who preferred plain clothes and few possessions.

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