40 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
40 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire

40 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire

Khalid Elhassan - February 3, 2019

40 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
Tamerlane liked building towers with the skulls of his victims. Pintrest

1. Tamerlane’s Body Count

Tamerlane is estimated to have killed about 17 million people, amounting to 5 percent of the world’s population at the time. Extrapolated to current global population of 7.7 billion, Tamerlane’s rampage would be the equivalent of killing 385 million people today. His decades-long warpath finally came to an end in 1405 as he was preparing to invade China, but he took ill while encamped, and died before launching the campaign. He would prove to be history’s last major Steppe conqueror.

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Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Burgan, Michael – Empire of the Mongols (2005)

Encyclopedia Britannica – Genghis Khan

Hildinger, Erik – Warriors of the Steppe: Military History of Central Asia, 500 BC to 1700 AD (1997)

Morgan, David – The Mongols (2007)

Saunders, John Joseph – The History of the Mongol Conquests (2001)

Weatherford, Jack – Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (2004)

Wikipedia – Mongol Military Tactics and Organization

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