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Genghis Khan (help·info) or Temüjin by birthname, (IPA: [ʧiŋgɪs χaːŋ], Mongolian: Чингис Хаан (see below for alternative spellings)), (c. 1162[1]–August 18, 1227) was a Mongol political and military leader or Khan (Ruler) (posthumously Khagan (Emperor)[2]) who united the Mongol tribes and founded the Mongol Empire (Yeke Mongol Ulus, Екэ Монгол Улус), (1206 – 1368), the largest contiguous empire in world history. Born to the name Temüjin in the Borjigin clan (Тэмүүжин), he forged a powerful army based on merit to become one of the most successful military leaders in history.

While his image in some regions of the world has traditionally been that of a ruthless and bloodthirsty conqueror[3], Genghis Khan is an iconic and beloved figure in Mongolia, where he is seen as the father of the Mongol Nation (see also Mongolia). Before becoming a Khan, Temüjin eliminated and united many of the nomadic tribes of north East Asia and Central Asia under a social identity as the "Mongols."

Genghis Khan was born between 1150 and 1160. In his early childhood, he learned how to ride a horse. Later when he was six years old, he was allowed to participate in hunting expeditions with his clan/tribe. At around the age of nine, his tribal leader father was poisoned and he and his household were driven away by his clan that thought he was too young to rule. Taught by his mother, he became leader of his family and learned how to care for and protect others which would later be important for controlling an empire.

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