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. Overview: Why this man matters.
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. Genghis Khan lived maybe 60 years on this earth, back in the 12th and 13th centuries. Yet his fame—or infamy—shows no sign of sharing his mortality. Genghis’s icy eyes grace Mongolian money, and his people still cherish the legend that the great ruler will come again.
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Why? Because Genghis welded rival tribes into a nation, then made that nation the heart of the largest land empire the world has ever seen. Genghis’s dominion stretched from Central Asia’s Aral Sea to the Yellow Sea of China. After his death, in 1227, his descendants pressed farther—reaching the Volga, clutching the Black Sea in their embrace, and unifying China.
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The central figure of this global drama began as—and remained—a survivor. In childhood he weathered his father’s murder, captivity, the kidnapping of his wife, and the recurring threat of starvation. Trauma, and the stern climate of the steppe, tempered Genghis Khan into an inimitable, almost indestructible warrior.

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