National Military Museum in the Netherlands
Verlengde Paltzerweg 1
3768 MX Soest
18 février 2017 – 27 août 2017
This spectacular exhibition tells the story of one of the greatest land empires in history and the powerful Khans that shaped it. The story begins in 1162 when a young boy, Temujin, is born. He is to become Genghis Khan, the greatest of all the Mongol emperors and one of the world’s most innovative and effective leaders and warriors. Genghis: Rise of the Mongol Khans reveals how Genghis Khan and his successors, including his grandson Kublai Khan, united the warring tribes of the steppes and went on to control the largest continuous land empire ever to be established. The exhibition also shows how the Mongols developed sophisticated political, cultural and military techniques to expand the boundaries of the Mongol empire across Eurasia to reach the Mediterranean Sea.
This remarkable history is brought to life through a unique collection of original artefacts from museums across Inner Mongolia and the use of extracts from contemporary Mongolian, Chinese, Persian and European sources, presenting the history of the Mongols from multiple perspectives. Rarely seen objects reveal how the Great Khans and their warrior tribes developed weaponry, such as the bow and arrow, and utilised their equestrian skills, including saddle and stirrup innovations to extend their empire. Visitors are also given a unique insight into the way in which the Khans integrated other cultural traditions into their own, tolerated and respected different religions, encouraged literacy amongst their people and protected the vital trade links across the Silk Road to establish a stable, united and flourishing empire which ruled over vast territories until the late 14th century.