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Taksin the Great By History World
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During his reign, Taksin fought various wars. The new Burmese invasions were successfully repelled by his forces. He subjugated the northern Thai kingdom of Lanna, and he defeated the Laotian... More > principalities. In those days, Cambodia was a threat to his country, so consequently he successfully subjugated Cambodia. Taksin the Great Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Early Years and Education Chapter Three: Early Career Chapter Four: Establishment of Capital Chapter Five: Taksin’s Reign Chapter Six Economy, Culture and Religion Chapter Seven: Final Years and Death Chapter Eight: Critics< Less
Saladin the Great By History World
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In the Western world he is better known as Saladin. He was a Kurdish Muslim. He was the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria. Saladin was the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty. Saladin was the leader of the... More > Muslim opposition to the Franks and other European Crusaders in the Levant. When he was at the top of his power, his empire included Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen, and some parts of North Africa. Under the leadership of Saladin, his armies successfully subdued the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin, and consequently he was able to recapture Palestine. The land of Palestine had been seized from the Fatimid Egyptians the Crusaders 88 years before. Saladin the Great Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Childhood and Early Life Chapter Three: Saladin’s Early Expeditions Chapter Four: Domestic Issues during His Rule Chapter Five: Expansions of the Empire Chapter Six: Death Chapter Seven: Saladin’s Legacy< Less
Great Lives 16: Genghis Khan By History World
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He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed "Genghis Khan", he started the Mongol invasions that resulted... More > in the conquest of most of Eurasia. These included raids or invasions of the Kara-Khitan Khanate, Caucasus, Khwarezmid Empire, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populations – especially in Khwarezmia. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.< Less
Great Lives 5: Ashoka the Great By History World
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In the history of India, Ashoka is referred to as Samraat Chakravartin Ashoka – the "Emperor of Emperors Ashoka". His name "aśoka" means "painless, without... More > sorrow" in Sanskrit (the a privativum and śoka "pain, distress"). In his edicts, he is referred to as Devānāmpriya (Pali Devānaṃpiya or "The Beloved Of The Gods"), and Priyadarśin (Pali Piyadasī or "He who regards everyone with affection"). Along with the Edicts of Ashoka, his legend is related in the later 2nd-century Aśokāvadāna ("Narrative of Asoka") and Divyāvadāna ("Divine narrative"), and in the Sri Lankan text Mahavamsa ("Great Chronicle").< Less
Timur the Great By History World
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Timur the Great Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Early History Chapter Three: Timur’s Personality Chapter Four: Timur as a Military Leader Chapter Five: Rise to... More > Power Chapter Six: Period of Expansion Chapter Seven: Timur’s Campaign against the Tughlaq Dynasty Chapter Eight: Campaigns in the Levant Chapter Nine: Timur’s Attempts to Attack the Ming Dynasty Chapter Ten: Timur as a Patron to the Arts Chapter Eleven: European Exchanges Chapter Twelve: What Europeans Think about Timur Chapter Thirteen: Timur’s Legacy< Less
Great Lives 17: Justinian I By History World
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One of the most important figures of Late Antiquity and the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as a first language, Justinian's rule constitutes a distinct epoch in the history of the Eastern Roman... More > Empire. The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time and domain. Justinian's reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire". This ambition was expressed by the partial recovery of the territories of the defunct Western Roman Empire. His general Belisarius swiftly conquered the Vandal Kingdom in North Africa, extending Roman control to the Atlantic Ocean. Subsequently Belisarius, Narses, and other generals conquered the Ostrogothic Kingdom, restoring Dalmatia, Sicily, Italy, and Rome to the Empire after more than half a century of barbarian control.< Less
Great Lives 18: Kublai Khan By History World
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Kublai Khan was the second son of Tolui and Sorghaghtani Beki, and a grandson of Genghis Khan. He succeeded his older brother Möngke as Khagan in 1260, but had to defeat his younger brother Ariq... More > Böke in a succession war lasting till 1264. This episode marked the beginning of disunity in the empire. Kublai's real power was limited to China and Mongolia, though as Khagan he still had influence in the Ilkhanate and, to a far lesser degree, in the Golden Horde. If one counts the Mongol Empire at that time as a whole, his realm reached from the Pacific to the Black Sea, from Siberia to modern day Afghanistan – one fifth of the world's inhabited land area.< Less
Great Lives 1: Abbas I of Persia By History World
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Shāh ‘Abbās the Great was Shah (king) of Iran, and generally considered the greatest ruler of the Safavid dynasty. He was the third son of Shah Mohammad. Abbas came to the throne... More > during a troubled time for Iran. Under his weak-willed father, the country was troubled with discord between the different factions of the Qizilbash army, who killed Abbas' mother and elder brother. Meanwhile, Iran's enemies, the Ottoman Empire and the Uzbeks, exploited this political chaos to seize territory for themselves.< Less
Great Lives 2: Akbar By History World
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Akbar was 13 years old when he ascended the Mughal throne in Delhi (February 1556), following the death of his father Humayun. During his reign, he eliminated military threats from the powerful... More > Pashtun descendants of Sher Shah Suri, and at the Second Battle of Panipat he decisively defeated the newly self-declared Hindu king Hemu. It took him nearly two more decades to consolidate his power and bring all the parts of northern and central India into his direct realm. He influenced the whole of the Indian Subcontinent as he ruled a greater part of it as an emperor. As an emperor, Akbar solidified his rule by pursuing diplomacy with the powerful Hindu Rajput caste, and by marrying Rajput princesses.< Less
Great Lives 4: Alfred the Great By History World
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Alfred the Great was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by his death had become the dominant ruler in England. He is... More > the only English monarch to be accorded the epithet "the Great". Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself "King of the Anglo-Saxons". Details of his life are described in a work by the 10th century Welsh scholar and bishop Asser. Alfred was a learned and merciful man who encouraged education and improved his kingdom's legal system and military structure< Less