Kublai Khan

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There are many renowned historical figures in the time of the Medieval period, each leaving behind their impact and legacy. Two of these characters are Vladimir I (Vladimir the Great, Vladimir Svyatoslavich) and Kublai Khan. Both had struggles rising into power due to family lines, yet still managed to form unification and expand; the two had distinguished military reputations and strategies, also leaving an effect on the economy and their legacy. However, a few differences between the two include the religion and culture inflicted and the fall of their empires. Vladimir and Kublai Khan both had many achievements dealing with aspects of their empire and reputations and legacy, but also possessed differences in religion and declining…show more content…
There are many stories of the success of the two. Vladimir revived his father’s conquests and continue through to his own, producing a reputation that caught the attention of Emperor Basil II of the Byzantine who requested help for the civil unrest of is empire. Kublai Khan had success in the Mongol-Jin war, won the battle for the throne of the Mongol Empire, and conquered vast, prosperous territories in China and East Asia. The two rulers had inspiration from their fathers. Vladimir possessed an urge to complete the unfinished campaigns (his father’s campaigns stopped due to civil war) and used many of the same tactics to achieve success. Kublai Khan also put his father’s strategies to use, including the formation of troops, grouping and battle training, and ranged warfare. In addition to the prominent warfare success, the leaders put significant improvements to the economy. Vladimir implemented the use of coins for currency, and even though it was meant for political progress, the economy was affected in a positive way as well. Kublai Khan had two significant impacts on the economy; sending Marco Polo on exploration, and using paper money. Marco Polo’s explorations brought connections to other parts of the world, meaning more trade and a stronger economy. Paper currency was also a substantial change due to its efficiency. Vladimir and Kublai left…show more content…
They supported different religions and had different impacts on the fall of their empires. Vladimir is well known for his Christian faith, and it 's disperse, leading to the unification of the people. He, at first, followed paganism, going as far as producing idols for six Slavic gods. When he decided to change faiths, ambassadors were sent from different areas trying to convert him, leaning forward to his decision of Christianity (Catholicism/ Latin Orthodox). Kublai Khan also spread culture, but with the Asian religions. Being a Buddhist, he favored those who were like him and gave many encouraging benefits. This encouraged the spread of Buddhism and made it the common belief, although there were other religions. After Vladimir’s death, the control over Russia was divided among his children, splitting more and more as the family line flowed down. The division and separation led to instability causing Russia’s fall to the Mongols several hundred years later. A division was also the cause of the Mongol empire’s fall, but not in the same way. The Mongols split into Khanates due to its vast size before Kublai 's death. When Kublai Khan dies, these Khanates start producing conflict as each pursued their interests. Vladimir I and Kublai Khan were significant figures in their ways during the medieval times. Their stories start from similar aspects in rising to power due to family history, unification
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