• Temujin is Genghis Khan’s personal name, which means “blacksmith”. Some of his followers were sons of blacksmiths.
  • Genghis acclaimed “great khan” in 1206 and died in 1227 (it is uknown why he died).
  • The rise of the Mongols can be attributed to the special abilities Genghis Khan and his followers.
  • The Mongols saw their rulers as centrally important (words attributed to Genghis), and it allowed them to appeal to any religion to legitimate conquests.
  • Genghis died in 1227, but the conquests of China continued under his son Ogodei.
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