As a child, Genghis Khan feared dogs and cried easily. His half brother picked on him and bossed him around. It was these humiliating circumstances – which also included slavery, hunger and kidnapping – that inspired his long climb to power.
In 25 years, the Mongol army subjugated more lands and people than the Romans had conquered in 400.
together with his sons and grandsons, conquered the most densely populated civilizations of the 13th century. Whether measured by the total number of people defeated, the sum of the countries annexed, or by the total area occupied, Genghis Khan conquered more than twice as much as any other man in history
Even today, the majority of people live in countries conquered by the Mongols; on the modern map, Genghis Khan’s conquests include 30 countries with well over three billion people. The most astonishing aspect of this achievement is that the entire Mongol tribe under Genghis Khan numbered around a million, smaller than the workforce of some modern corporations. From this million, he recruited his army, which was comprised of no more than one hundred thousand warriors—a group that could comfortably fit into the larger sports stadiums of the modern era.
As the Mongols expanded their rule, they created countries such as Korea and India that have survived to modern times in approximately the same borders fashioned by their Mongol conquerors.
Genghis Khan left his empire with such a firm foundation that it continued growing for another 150 years. In the centuries that followed its collapse, his descendents continued to rule a variety of smaller empires and large countries, from Russia, Turkey, and India to China and Persia. They held an eclectic assortment of titles, including khan, emperor, sultan, king, shah, emir and the Dalai Lama. Parts of his empire remained under the rule of his descendants for seven centuries. Some reigned in India until 1857 and his last ruling descendant remained in power in Uzbekistan until 1920....