Mongol Empire And The Russian Empire Essay

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By definition, an empire is: “a major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority.” Throughout history, there have been hundreds, if not thousands of empires that have risen and fallen over millennia. Some of them stand out more than others. In this paper, three of some of the most powerful empires will be discussed: the Mongol empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Russian Empire. When one hears the term “Mongol Empire” they may think of none other than Genghis Khan. Born Temujin, near present day Ulaanbaatar, In 1206, Genghis Khan rose to power through a charismatic personality and political manipulation to create what would be known as the largest contiguous land empire in history. He united the nomadic tribes of Mongolia in the Central Asian steppes, and at its climax, the Mongol empire stretched from present-day Vietnam to Hungary. The empire’s domination came so quickly as Mongols were ruthless fighters with exemplary discipline. The empire continued to be ruled by Genghis Khan’s son, Ögedei Khan and continued to Kublai Khan. After Kublai Khan’s death in 1294, the Mongol Empire was broken up into four different khanates, referred to as the Golden Horde. After being broken up into the Golden Horde, the Mongol Empire began to decline as each khanate pursued different interests. This separation also allowed the Ming Dynasty to take control and in 1368, the Mongol Empire had dissipated. As the…

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