Genghis Khan's Impact On Society

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Genghis Khan Genghis Khan was the first Great Khan of the Mongolian Empire. Even though he is not considered a humanist or a student of business he did quite a lot to expand both fields through his reign. The primary example is the revitalization of the Silk Road which lead to cultural diffusion and more trade within the conquered nations. In this paper we will be discussing how Genghis Khan came into power, and his cultural and economic impact on the world through the rebuilding of the Silk Road, and by relocating people throughout his empire. Genghis Khan was a chieftain of a small tribe in the steeples of what is now modern day Mongolia. During that time the other tribes in that area were fragmented but were still collectively called Mongols, …show more content…
Instead they let the defeated peoples follow their own religion as long as they did not rebel and the people paid their taxes. Thus creating one of the first empires were freedom of religion flourished which has benefited the study of humanities immensely. One of the aspects of the humanities is to study people groups and one of the easiest ways to do so is through their religion, and with the Mongol empire creating an environment where religious existed we are able to see the changes that different religions had on various people groups. An example of this is with Islam on Mongol culture. After the Mongols destroyed multiple Islamic kingdoms, the Mongols adopted so much of the Islamic culture that near the end of their empire that you could not tell the Mongols apart from the Islamic people they conquered. Also Christianity was able to spread throughout Asia and we see that in the art of the Chinese. Another benefit that the Mongols provided to the humanities is by moving artisans and other specialized people around their empire to make it run more efficiently. This created a blend of cultures as people groups were forced to move and live with other people groups. Even though parts of the forced migration and increase in trade happened after Genghis Khan, he still created the …show more content…
Even though he did not personally make all of the decisions involved in bringing back the Silk Road and moving people around, it was his leadership that inspired it. With those changes religion and commerce was able to travel faster and more efficiently throughout Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa. With this increase in trade and travel people groups from around the world were changed, and that is how Genghis Khan impacted the study of humanities and the field of business. Bibliography Komaroff, Linda. Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan. Leiden: Brill, 2006. Print.
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