Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations

Genghis Khan, Feminist

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

Crown Publishers (2010)

Historian Jack Weatherford has conducted a single-handed rehabilitation of Genghis Khan. In an earlier book, he traced the conqueror’s impact on world history: one of the biggest and best-organized free-trade zones the world has ever seen; complete religious tolerance within the Mongol Empire; even the concept of diplomatic immunity comes from Genghis Khan.

In this new book, Weatherford argues that it was his daughters, not his sons, who made Genghis’s empire a success. And when the sons ruined the empire, it was a woman who re-created Mongolia in the late 15th century.

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11 thoughts on “Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations”

  1. LifeWin

    Man had no shortages of daughters, too.

  2. glendefiant2

    ***EXPAND YOUR EMPIRE TO COVER 16% OF THE WORLD WITH THIS ONE SIMPLE HACK!***

  3. imajeff

    Founders of big Japanese companies preferred having daughters because they could choose their son in law that will take over their company.

  4. NotTheBelt

    Brutal, but clever, the man was a master of the long Khan.

  5. MalcolmYoungForever

    The man wasn’t stupid.

  6. Vandechoz

    has there ever been a really good movie or series about Genghis? I feel like there’s a lot of untapped potential, here

  7. tdomer80

    You know who has more descendants than Genghis Khan? >!Genghis Khan’s dad!<

  8. DelsMagicFishies

    The Habsburgs had a motto, “Bella gerant alii, tu felix Austria nube” – “Let others make war, thou, O happy Austria, make marriages”.

    They expanded their borders (and shrank their chins) through marriages instead of war, and managed to hang onto a throne for over 300 years.

  9. bjb406

    Genghis Khan been playing CK2

  10. mygrossassthrowaway

    This is my chosen crusader kings 3 playstyle.

    Honestly the more I play, the less sense patriarchal inheritance makes tbh.

  11. rammsteinfuerimmer

    Now that’s Genghsta

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