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Genghis Khan was considered a great military leader And in many ways he was Genghis Khan didnt use the size of his army to defeat an enemy He used logic and cunning This was one of the traits that made Genghis Khan as well known as he was Genghis Khan was born and raised on the Mongolian steppe some time in the 1160sBoyle 623 After his father Yesugei was killed by a rival tribe named the Tartars Genghis and his brother Qasar and his two half-brothers Bektair and Belgutai were left with their mother Holun Life on the steppe was hard especially in the winter time and Temujin Genghis Khans original name before he was elected Khan meaning Universal Ruler and his brothers barely stayed alive An old Mongolian legend said that one day after Genghis and Qasar caught a fish in the river their older brothers took the fish and ate it Later that day Genghis snuck up on his brother Bektair and murdered him with an arrowCohen 84 This rugged childhood instinct was displayed throughout the rest of Genghiss life in all of his military conquests and in the building of the largest continuous land empire everEdwards 4 as well as the largest empire ever built by one manBoyle 624The year 1206 was an important one for Genghis Khan It was the year that this great military leader defeated all the rival tribes of MongoliaEdwards 8 and was elected KhanBoyle 625 Interestingly enough Genghis was not elected Khan until after the position was turned down by his older more qualified family membersCohen 86 Soon after his election of Khan Genghis searched for victims and began conquering groups to the west such as the Tanguts a civilization based around the Huang He River in modern day ChinaEdwards 10 Once his forces were strong enough six years later Genghis led his troops across the Great Wall and captured the Chines capital Peking in1215Cohen 96 Many
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