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Audio Genghis Khan

TLF ID M011225

This resource is a BBC audio recording about Genghis Khan. It consists of an interview by Melvyn Bragg with three historians of the period, discussing Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. The discussion includes details of Genghis Khan's birth in the 12th century, his early life, his leadership of a great empire and his role as a commander and military tactician. The historians discuss the methods he used to create an effective army and to bring together diverse peoples into an empire, and his legacy for the territories he controlled. The recording lasts 45 minutes.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for addressing the Australian Curriculum: History content description in year 8 referring to the nomadic lifestyle of the Mongols and the rise of Genghis Khan. It provides some discussion of Genghis Khan's difficult childhood after his father's death, living a nomadic existence with his family on the steppe.
  • This resource is useful for the discussion on the methods used by Genghis Khan to create one of the most disciplined armies in the world by breaking the allegiance soldiers felt to their tribes and demanding absolute loyalty.
  • The resource supports the development of historical skills. Students sequence the historical events of Genghis Khan's life by constructing an annotated timeline.
Year level

8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • History

Other details

  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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  • Publisher
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Audio
  • Resource: BBC © 2012, except where indicated otherwise. You may download, copy and communicate this material for free, and use it in digital and hardcopy format for non-commercial educational use in Australian schools and TAFE institutions, provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material. 'Interactive' image: © Education Services Australia Limited 2012. You may copy, communicate and adapt this image for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the image.