Today in World History: December 18th

Kublai Khan, the grandson of the Mongolian Emperor Genghis Khan, and Emperor of Mongolia and China, proclaimed the Yuan Dynasty in 1271. The Yuan Dynasty, which was a successor to the Mongol and Song Empires and preceded the Ming Empire, was ruled by a long line of Mongolian emperors, or Great Khans. Under Kublai, the Imperial City of Beijing flourished as the capital, and commerce flowed through the provinces. Marco Polo was also said to have traveled to China under Kublai’s reign. Weaker emperors succeeded Kublai, and eventually the Yuan dynasty fell to Chinese rebels in 1368.

“Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.”

-Kublai Khan

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