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CLIP 14202

The rule of Genghis Khan

The rule of Genghis Khan

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Key Info
  • The rule of Genghis Khan
  • Duration: 03:17
  • Genghis Khan, born Temujin, grew up on the Mongolian steppe amongst feuding nomadic tribes. His upbringing was harsh but he fought to lead his tribe and he was ambitious for more power. He first took control of Mongolia and then conquered China. He used the siege technology the Chinese to turn his empire westwards towards Central Asia and Europe. Andrew Marr argues that Temujin's policy of 'strength through unity' was the root of his success; conquered tribes were absorbed into the empire and offered a share in the spoils of future victories. By 1227, Genghis Khan controlled the largest land empire in history, stretching from China in the east to almost as far as Vienna in the west. First broadcast on 'Andrew Marr's History of the World' on BBC One in October 2012.
  • Subject:



    Eastern Civilisations

  • Keywords: AndrewMarrsHistoryoftheWorld, HistoryoftheWorld, Genghis Khan, Mongolia, China, Islam, Asia, nomadic, nomad, empire, conquest, History of the World
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as an introduction to the life and rule of Genghis Khan. It also offers a good opportunity to open a discussion about which factors were important in helping him build his empire. Students could consider the role of the individual against other factors such as the technology of war and the compliance of the subject peoples. The nature of power and leadership is a strong theme which could be brought out from the account.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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