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WSH INT290 Culture Clash: Mongol Empire & Marco Polo

Introduction to Genghis Khan

Who was Genghis Khan? 

For other videos on the Mongol Empire, check out the Field Museum's video collection:


Museum exhibitions on Genghis Khan

Mongol Empire Map

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Kublai Khan

Khubilai Khan (1215-1294)
Grandson of Chinggis Khan

Khubilai Khan was an important transitional figure in Mongol history, in particular because he sought to rule — and not merely conquer — the vast domains that the Mongols had subjugated.

This portrait of Khubilai was probably painted by the Nepalese architect and artist Aniko, who designed a number of buildings in the Mongol's second capital Daidu (present-day Beijing), as well as Shangdu (also known as Xanadu), the site of Khubilai's summer palaces, of which we have many detailed descriptions in the writings of Marco Polo.

Marco Polo

By Inconnu, Atlas catalan (Scanné de Coureurs des mers, Poivre d'Arvor.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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