The Many Faces Of Khubilai Khan And The Mongol Empire Analysis

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Sabrina Peters
HIST 1016
Mr. Haug
November 9, 2014

“The Many Faces of Khubilai Khan and the Mongol Empire”

Khubilai Khan was born in 1215 and he was the grandson of the infamous Chinggis Khan. Khubilai Khan was described in various ways and Rossabi had stated that “ he is represented as a Mongol in formal Chinese paintings; as a typical Muslim potentate, with the dress and physical features of a caliph, in Persian miniatures; and as a European king, with a Caucasian appearance, in manuscripts of Marco Polo’s account of his travels. Each civilization depicted Khubilai in its own light” (Rossabi, pg. xvii). Many historians have tried to discover who the real Khubilai Khan is, was he more Mongol or was he more Chinese? Although
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Khubilai Khan was a warrior since he was a child. Since his father was often away on military campaigns for most of his life, his mother, Sorghaghtani Beki, made sure than when Khubilai was younger that he knew how to use a bow and arrow and that he knew how to ride horses as well. In fact, Khubilai’s entire life was based on being a Mongol and that involved his military campaigns and conquests. Khubilai Khan had his first major campaign at the age of 38 years old and at the age of 61 years old, Khubilai Khan finished what Möngke began around 1265 (Lecture, HIST 1016, …show more content…
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