In 1206 a central Asian people, the Mongols, gathered in conference and elected a new leader, Genghis Khan. The choice was a prudent one, since this man already had a high reputation as a military strategist among a people notorious for their ability and ruthlessness in war. Under the leadership of Genghis Khan and his successors the Mongols built up the largest empire the world had yet seen, occupying the greater part of the Eurasian land mass. The Chinese section of this vast empire was ruled directly by the Great Khans, Genghis himself, and his successors. Regions farther west were virtually autonomous, but their rulers owed a token allegiance to the Great Khan.
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