The Conquests of Genghis Khan
Twenty-First Century Books, 2008年1月1日 - 160 頁
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.
The baby's mother and father, Hoelun and Yesugei, named their newborn son Temujin, a name believed to have been that of a Tatar enemy recently defeated by the boy's father. Young Temujin was the newest member of a long line.
Temujin's mother, Hoelun, was a young woman from the Ongirad clan. She had become Yesugei's wife when Yesugei, with the help of his brothers, had kidnapped Hoelun from her new husband, a member of the Merkit tribe. Hoelun is said to ...
While the origin of Yesugei and Hoelun's marriage was hardly a story of traditional courtship, it was also not unusual for the time and place. In the Mongolian steppes, such unions were quite common. Hoelun appears to have been a strong ...
Riding through the steppe, they spied tents belonging to the Ongirad people, a clan related to Hoelun by birth. One of the tents housed a family whose young daughter was named Borte. She was one year older than Temujin.
Hoelun and her children were left to fend for themselves. But the little family was tough. Mother and sons fished in the streams, using clumsily made hooks and nets. They learned to glean what little food they could from the land, ...
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Chapter Three Forging A Mongol Nation
Chapter Four The Foundations Of An Empire
Chapter Five Storming The Gates Of Cathay
Chapter Six A Wave Crashing Westward
Epilogue In The Great Khans Wake
Primary Source Research
Further Reading And Websites
About The AuthorPhoto Acknowledgments