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James Overman History 112-01 Prof. Sayre 19 November 2007 Essay Exam Khubilai Khan was the last great Mongol emperor and ruler of the “Great Khanate,” the largest of the four that were created after Ghengis Khan’s death. This territory included China and Mongolia; it was the largest of the four khanates. He moved the capital of China from Kara Korum to what is today Beijing, and declared himself to be the rightful ruler of China when he established the Yuan Dynasty. Under his rule he reunited northern and southern China in 1279. In an effort to become “more” Chinese he converted to Tibetan Buddhism. The more the empire shifted from what Ghengis Khan had stood for the worse things got for whoever was to succeed Khubilai Khan. After Khubilai’s death in 1294, Temur, his grandson, succeeds as emperor. In 1306 Temur dies with no one to inherit his empire and the economy takes a down turn, thus begins the downward spiral of the Mongol empire. The economy suffered from high inflation due to the introduction of paper money and having no clear understanding of how to use it.
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