Genghis Khan

Follow the life of Genghis Khan, the founder and first Khan of the Mongol Empire. An empire which became the largest contiguous empire in human history after his death.

Born as Temujin in the 12th Century, Genghis Khan was cast out by his tribe when he was just a child and left to struggle for survival on Mongolias harsh Steppes.

From these beginnings he went on to become Genghis Khan, leader of the greatest continuous land-based empire the world has ever seen.

His conquered territories stretched from the Caspian Sea to the borders of Manchuria, from the Siberian forest to what is now Afghanistan.

He was a charismatic commander and a shrewd military tactician.

He was swift to promote those who served him well, ignoring race or creed, but vengeful to those who crossed him, killing every inhabitant of resistant towns, even the cats and dogs.

Generally regarded as barbarians by their enemies, the Mongol armies were in fact disciplined and effective. So how did Genghis create such an impressive fighting force?

How did he draw together such diverse peoples to create a wealthy and successful Empire?

And what was his legacy for the territories he conquered?

Join in as this historical and biographical documentary film takes a look at one of the greatest warlord of all time: Genghis Khan, leader of the Mongols.

Genghis Khan
  • Info
  • Release date2005
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Edward Bazalgette
  • Production companyBBC