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The Khan is Dead. Long Live the Khan

Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire. The Khans begin to realize they cannot maintain political dominance over their empire when someone tells Kublai Khan, "I have heard that one can conquer the empire on horseback, but one cannot govern it on horseback." [1] [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I wish I knew who it was who told the Khan such a thing (and whether he lived) but when I told a friend about this historical curiosity he assured me he had heard the same thing when he was in the military.

The Khan, the US Marines and the Woman with One Red Shoe

Former Egyptian slaves win Syria in the FIRST decisive defeat of the Mongols, establishing Mameluke rule and requiring all Jewish women to wear one red shoe. In centuries to come the Mamelukes would prey on American maritime traffic forcing Thomas Jefferson to send the US Marines to kick their backsides. Today Marine Corp officers carry the Mameluke sword they won in the defeat of the Mamelukes. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I am Jewish so certain events seem important to me that may not seem important to the majority of people. I include them so that one can see what happens to the minorities when the majority doesn't stick its own ideals. I also liked the movie "The Man with One Red Shoe" which is why I mentioned the Jewish women forced to wear one red and one black shoe.

See Also


  1. "Historical Events for Year 1260" from History Orb
  2. "Kublai Khan biography", Biography, A&E Television Networks
  3. "Genghis Khan & The Battle of Ain Jalut" Dirk (a curator), February 16, 2009
  4. "1250 - 1517 Mameluke", from JewishHistory.org
  5. "The Mameluke or slave dynasty of Egypt, 1260-1517, A.D." by Sir Willam Muir, 1896.
  6. "The Marine Corp Hymn"
  7. "The History of the Mameluke Sword of the United States Marine Corps" by James E. McDougall, Originally published in November 2003 Marine Corps Gazette
  8. "The Man with One Red Shoe," a spy comedy starring Tom Hanks.

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