AN INTERNATIONAL expedition led by British researcher William Lindesay believes that a 1,900-year-old wall in the heart of the Gobi Desert, which the Mongolians call the “Wall of Genghis Khan” is actually part of the Great Wall of China and was built by the Western Han dynasty.
The Great Wall of China is made up of many different pieces, constructed at different times and spread over large parts of the country but this section in Mongolia was not previously thought to be part of the Great Wall.
Read the Full Story at British researcher discovers piece of Great Wall ‘marooned outside China’ – The Irish Times – Mon, Feb 27, 2012.
Story by Clifford Coonan – Irish Times; Photo by William Lindesay
I wasn’t particularly interested in reading an entire book about Genghis Khan, the 13th-century Mongol warrior, but I’m glad I did. A friend recommended Jack Weatherford’s “” (Crown, 2004), and it turned out to be – by far – the most interesting history book I’ve ever read.
My friends and family have repeatedly asked me to stop regaling them with anecdotes from the book, but I can’t stop – Genghis Khan and his descendants were brilliant military strategists and innovative administrators who not only conquered most of the civilized world in the 12th and 13th centuries, but also established many innovative policies in their territories.
Review by Leslie Ashmore – Los Altos Crier
Historical clothing design of the day is Genghis Khan. Each day a new design is chosen and an article is posted to highlight the historical significance of the design.
Genghis Khan (probably May 31, 1162 or 1159 – August 25, 1227), born Borjigin Temüjin, was the founder, Khan (ruler) and Khagan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.
He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed “Genghis Khan”, he started the Mongol invasions that would result in the conquest of most of Eurasia. These included raids or invasions of the Kara-Khitan Khanate, Caucasus, Khwarezmid Empire, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populations – especially in Khwarezmia. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.
Before Genghis Khan died, he assigned Ögedei Khan as his successor and split his empire into khanates among his sons and grandsons. He died in 1227 after defeating the Western Xia. He was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Mongolia at an unknown location. His descendants went on to stretch the Mongol Empire across most of Eurasia by conquering and/or creating vassal states out of all of modern-day China, Korea, the Caucasus, Central Asian countries, and substantial portions of modern Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Many of these invasions resulted in the large-scale slaughter of local populations, which have given Genghis Khan and his empire a fearsome reputation in local histories. Mongol campaigns may have resulted in the deaths of 40 million people.”
Beyond his military accomplishments, Genghis Khan also advanced the Mongol Empire in other ways. He decreed the adoption of the Uyghur script as the Mongol Empire’s writing system. He also promoted religious tolerance in the Mongol Empire, and created a unified empire from the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. Present-day Mongolians regard him as the founding father of Mongolia.
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President Elbegdorj issued on October 15 2010 a decree to commemorate the 2220th anniversary of the Mongolian Statehood.
Consequently, the Government formed a national committee in charge of the anniversary and plans multilateral events and campaigns to be organized through 2011.
In particular, the 2220th anniversary of the Mongolian First Statehood of Hunnu has been officially launched last week.
“This anniversary is the celebration of not only Mongolian people but also of other nomadic nations since Hunu State was the first empire to unite nomadic tribes of Central Asia and Europe” said Education, Culture and Science Minister Yo.Otgonbayar, who chairs the National Committee of the Anniversary, at the launch event held in the National Museum of History.