Getting to know Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan was arguably the most successful conquerer in human history. I have a strange fascination with Mongolia and years ago I read (and was mezmerized) by a book that talked about why Genghis Khan was so successful. As I read, and in order to remember key events, I found myself sketching out the strategies and systems he used as he swept across Asia and Eastern Europe. As I sketched, I noticed that Genghis Khan’s decisions were founded in his staunch belief that his empire was a complex system of relationships and scenarios. His innate tactical ability combined with his understanding of the range of human emotion were two of the primary tools he used to expand his influence.
This project picks apart behaviors of key figures in the Mongol empire, visualizes common tactics and decision points, and culminates with a flow diagram that outlines the probability of a person's execution in 13th century Mongolia. Here are a few of my sketches: