886 Steinbach Nutcracker Genghis Khan
A legendary leader, he was the founder
of the Mongolian Empire, whose territory stretched from Korea to the
Ukraine. Born as the son of a small tribal prince, he gradually
conquered all of the surrounding Mongolian and Turkish tribes. He lived
from the year 1155 to 1227. He managed to unify the nomadic peoples in
the Far East and formed an alliance which they entered into of their own
accord. With his wild hordes thusly formed, he conquered Peking and
large sections of northern China by 1215 and in 1219, proceeded to
conquer Korea and northern Iran as well.
His hordes pushed eastward past
Caucasia deep into the Ukraine thereby becoming one of the greatest
field generals and statesmen of history. His great empire was organized
according to nomadic principles. But the Mongols were quick to
assimilate the cultures of their vanquished foes and they granted
religious tolerance to all. This created a very positive relationship
among the various territories within the empire.
Genghis Khan was rather plain and
unpretentious with regard to his personal needs. It is well known that
he would place tough raw meat under the saddle of his horses for
provisions at the outset of his expeditions which would become tender in
the course of the journey. (The early origin of steak tartar!)
A book about Genghis Khan was
recommended reading for the officers corps of the old German army.
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