Rise to Power

When Temujin was about 20, he was captured in a raid by former family allies, the Taichi’uts, and temporarily enslaved. He escaped with the help of a sympathetic captor, and joined his brothers and several other clansmen to form a fighting unit. Temujin began his slow ascent to power by building a large army of more than 20,000 men. He set out to destroy traditional divisions among the various tribes and unite the Mongols under his rule.

Temujin knew it was time to avenge his father’s death. He was a genius tactician and merciless warrior. Temujin’s army crushed the Tatar tribe and he ordered the killing of every Tatar male who was more than approximately 3 feet tall . Temujin and Jamukha’s alliance then defeated the Taichi’ut using a series of massive cavalry attacks, including having all of the Taichi’ut chiefs boiled alive.

The great leader and ruthless killer of Mongolia

The great leader and ruthless killer of Mongolia (Taken from planetforward.ca/blog/genghis-khan-historys-most-brutal-killer-was-unknowingly-very-green/)

As they became stronger, they both tried to unify the Mongol confederations. A civil war occurred and their friendship started to fade away. Temujin won the war by promoting people based on their merits instead of their family rank and he brought lower class into his own tribe. Soon Jamukha’s was betrayed to Temujin by Jamukha’s followers. I learned Temujin valued loyalty above all traits and he had all of Jamukha’s traitors executed. Finally Temjin offered Jamukha a renewal of their brotherhood but Jamukha’s surrendered and asked to be executed because he believed there can only be one Mongol lord. After all this he emerged as a great warrior and leader and became the Genghis Khan or also known as Chinggis Khan or leader of all the Mongolians. Religious tolerance was practiced in the Mongol Empire, but to defy the Great Khan was equal to defying the will of God. It was with such religious fervor that Genghis Khan is supposed to have said to one of his enemies, “I am the flail of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”

1 "Genghis Khan Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. <http://www.biography.com/people/genghis-khan-9308634>.

2 Holcombe,Charles. A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge University Press, 2011 p 136, 137

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