Lesson 1 (from Introduction, The Missing Conqueror)
Introduction, The Missing Conqueror
Genghis Khan had a tremendous effect on the history of the world. However, most of society-at-large's preconceived notions regarding Genghis Khan are faulty. This lesson focuses on the stereotypical image of Genghis Khan, in juxtaposition to what is uncovered about him in the introduction and first chapter.
1) Group or Partner Discussion: Genghis Khan allowed no image of himself to be printed, taken, or sculpted in his time. It wasn't until fifty years after his death that anyone dared to copy his likeness. With your partner or in your group, discuss what is faulty about our images of Genghis Khan. What did each culture do to his image? Why? How does the absence of his image affect our perception of Genghis Khan?
2) Class Debate: Genghis Khan has a reputation for brutality, and even if he didn't practice torture. From the information gleaned...
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