Fri, 26 Apr 2002 17:02:02 -0600
I like Gengis Khan. His empire spanned 90 degrees of longitude. We'd
probably all be speaking some form of Mongolian if he hadn't died after his
army had defeated the best that Europe could field (on the banks of the
Danube River), and were called back from the battlefield.
He had a novel form of recruitment for the army. After he conquered a
city, all able bodied males were given the choice of join or die. Those
that joined were replaced by conscripts from previous conquests.