Genghis Khan II

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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Genghis Khan I

Lead: With a reputation as a brute and a killer, perhaps Genghis (‘gen ges) Khan, the Mongol king who swept out of the steppes of Asia in the 1200s and conquered all he beheld, deserves a second look.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Legend has Genghis Khan was born in 1158 clutching a blood clot, a propitious omen. His father was a minor nomadic chieftain on the land-locked steppes of eastern Mongolia. Named for his father, “Temuchin,” or “iron-worker,” he did not lack ambition. His father was poisoned by Tartars, the dominant power in the region, and at age thirteen, Genghis attempted to assume his father’s leadership of the clan. Ridiculed by tribe leaders for his youthful grab for power, he and his family were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Five years later he tried again. This time he succeeded, summoned the various warring Mongol tribes to form a cohesive group, and began the Mongolian conquest of Asia, China, the Middle East, Russia, and parts of Europe.

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