Great personalities in the history of the Black Sea during the Middle Ages: the case of Genghis Khan
School of Humanities, MA in Black Sea & Eastern Mediterranean Studies
This dissertation was written as part of the MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies at the International Hellenic University. Genghis Khan was one of the most interesting personalities who went through the Black Sea area during the Middle Ages.
The aim of this dissertation is to provide a detailed presentation and description of Genghis Khan, one of the most significant people in History and one of the most influential figures of all time. The main core of this thesis is the investigation of this unique personality who managed to change Asia and Europe, through his campaigns.
The core of the present inquiry contains a description of the main sources about the Mongols, how the Mongol society was before Genghis Khan and the daily life of the nomadic tribes in Asia. Information about Genghis Khan’s efforts to rise and become a leader (khan) as well as the way he managed to organize the new Empire, are also provided. Additionally, the Mongol influence to the European and Asian world has been approached.
The principal issue though, apart from his conquests, especially those in the Black Sea area, is the description of his origin, his first and late years which formed his character and made him an immortal individual.