China and Middle Asia

Who was Kublai Khan

Kublai Khan (1215–1294 c.e.) was the grandson of Genghis Khan. Under him, the Mongol Empire reached its peak in 1279. He founded the Yuan dynasty, moved its capital to Beijing in the fourteenth century, and would later move it back to Mongolia, as his empire fell.

An ancient drawing of the Kublai Khan (image courtesy of National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan).

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