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fun stories from history
The Mongols: Beards. Furry hats. Ponies. Ruthless conquest. Ghengis Khan. The Mongol Empire was huge, the largest contiguous (all stuck together) empire in history. You may know their conquest of China, but you might not know the full extent of their massive empire or the legacy of one of its greatest sons.
After Ghengis Khan died his land was split up and the large chunks were given to his different sons but still united under one of them, Ögedei, who received the title of Great Khan. One of Ghengis’ sons had died, so his land was passed on to a grandson by the name of Batu.
Batu was a pretty competent leader so one day his uncle Ögedei asked him to expand the empire. In 1235 he was assigned an army of 130,000 men and sent on his way. Batu headed west into what we now call Russia but at the time was a collection of principalities collectively only known as Rus.
noun de·fen·es·tra·tion: a throwing of a person or thing out of a window.
Just hold on to that for later, it’ll come in handy.
Some wars are started by greed, others by miscommunication, family squabbles, or religion. Sometimes a mixture of all of these. The Thirty Years War, one of the first major conflicts involving many major powers in Europe, was one of the religious ones.
Oh Franz. Sweet, sweet Franz Ferdinand. Many of you are probably familiar with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the spark that started World War I. But if you’re like me, you may not know the details of how the assassination actually went down. Heads up—it wasn’t exactly well executed. But therein lies the fun, so let’s dive in.