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Good weather aided Genghis Khan conquest


Posted on Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

A statue of Genghis Khan. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Fanghong
Scientists believe a record-breaking spell of warm and wet weather contributed to Khan's success.
Known as one of the most successful leaders in history, Genghis Khan rose to power as the head of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. Many have attributed his success to his unrivaled ruthlessness and cunning, but now researchers in the US have uncovered evidence that the weather may have also been a significant factor.

In the years prior to Khan's rule many parts of the world were in the grip of a long period of severe drought, but as the Mongolian leader rose to power in the years that followed there was an extensive period of warm and wet weather, providing the ideal conditions for his conquests.

"The transition from extreme drought to extreme moisture right then strongly suggests that climate played a role in human events," said study co-author Amy Hessl. "It wasn't the only thing, but it must have created the ideal conditions for a charismatic leader to emerge out of the chaos, develop an army and concentrate power."

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Kiltedmusician on 11 March, 2014, 16:12
I guess technically the story is helping to resolve the mystery of how a tiny country did so much under one man, but I agree that it's not what I come here for.
Comment icon #3 Posted by wuhugm on 11 March, 2014, 17:11
Bahaha, so true I've been checking this site for the plane's news the last couple of days looking for crazy theories~ and what is this about weather and Genghis Khan? Weather doesn't mean **** when you outnumber the enemies 10 to 1, well unless those enemies have Zhuge Liang's equals
Comment icon #4 Posted by ancient astronaut on 11 March, 2014, 20:29
WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT??? Of late i have questioned the direction of this site. Seems to be more daily news than mysteries but in the last few days there is a proper mystery going on with a plane vanishing in the middle of a flight and there is not one story on the news board. A plane VANISHES without trace so far an UNEXPLAINED MYSTERY and we are talking about Genghis Khan and weather patterns in the 13th century? Right on point.
Comment icon #5 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake on 11 March, 2014, 21:19
doggs there are a lot of topics talking about the plane disappearance. they are not in this section because this is the "history and paleontology" section. there is a topic about genghis khan because he is from history. do you understand this.
Comment icon #6 Posted by mesuma on 11 March, 2014, 23:59
doggs there are a lot of topics talking about the plane disappearance. they are not in this section because this is the "history and paleontology" section. there is a topic about genghis khan because he is from history. do you understand this. I jumped here from the home page
Comment icon #7 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake on 12 March, 2014, 3:29
dang yeah, i forgot the bot's posts are from the website's main page. sorry, understood. i do think it's a legit topic, personally.
Comment icon #8 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 12 March, 2014, 10:44
Does this mean alexander the great had better weather on his conquest thing
Comment icon #9 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 12 March, 2014, 10:59
WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT??? Of late i have questioned the direction of this site. Seems to be more daily news than mysteries but in the last few days there is a proper mystery going on with a plane vanishing in the middle of a flight and there is not one story on the news board. A plane VANISHES without trace so far an UNEXPLAINED MYSTERY and we are talking about Genghis Khan and weather patterns in the 13th century? Ok why is it people come into threads like these and not into threads where someone has experienced something which they cannot explain?? I mean this is unexplained-mysteries right?? P... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado on 13 March, 2014, 18:04
Ok why is it people come into threads like these and not into threads where someone has experienced something which they cannot explain?? It's a mystery.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Mikko-kun on 25 March, 2014, 18:03
Mongols of Ghensis-Khan were ingenious in their way of doing battle, and preparation and the nature of their military organization seem to be the key factors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_military_tactics_and_organization http://genghiskhan.fieldmuseum.org/behind-the-scenes/establishing-an-empire/battle-tactics Highly organized, many variations of tactics and different methods, good feign movements, flexible hierarchy which gave more freedom for lower-ranking commanders and the high moral standards of interaction with commanders (never telling them a lie & high rate of executing ord... [More]


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