The Conquering of Genghis Khan
The Mongol Empire was one of the largest in history and one of the quickest to spread. In the 13th Century, a band of horse warriors from the central Asian steppe began to sweep through country after country, conquering city after city. Their profound skills at horse-riding and archery made them a nearly unstoppable force, all under the guidance of one man: Genghis Khan.
Most of what we know comes from outside sources, as the Mongols were not comprehensive in their documenting of history. Chinese sources, in particular, tell of the way in which this conquering army emerged from almost nothing and took over almost everything.
It’s estimated that, in his lifetime, Genghis Khan’s armies lowered the world’s population by as much as five per cent. Think about that: one out of every twenty people in the world. Meanwhile, there’s an estimate that one of every 200 people alive today shares the DNA of the conquering army, whose rape and pillage are still genetically evident.
Few people have conquered or ruled over quite as much as Genghis Khan, so it’s easy to suggest that his ability to alter the demographics of the world should make his life time one of history’s most important events.