Timeline of the Mongol Empire

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This is the timeline of the Mongol Empire from the birth of Temüjin, later Genghis Khan, to the ascension of Kublai Khan as emperor of the Yuan dynasty in 1271, though the title of Khagan continued to be used by the Yuan rulers into the Northern Yuan dynasty, a far less powerful successor entity, until 1634.


12th century


1162 Temüjin is born in Delüün Boldog near Burkhan Khaldun to the Mongol chieftain Yesugei and Hoelun [1]


1171 Yesugei takes Temüjin east through Tatar territory to the Khongirad homeland to arrange a future marriage between his son and Börte. Temüjin stays with the Khongirads to learn their ways, however Yesugei is poisoned by the Tatars during his return trip. Temüjin leaves Börte for his father, but arrives too late to see his father alive. His father's followers scatter and Hoelun is left to care for their children by herself. [2] She takes them to the Khentii Mountains, where they live for several years. [3]
1173 Temüjin becomes anda, blood brothers, with Jamukha of the Jajirad (Jadaran) clan [4]
1177 Temüjin leaves to claim Börte. Börte's father gives him a black sable cloak as dowry, which he later gives to Toghrul of the Keraites to gain his favor. Soon after the Merkits abduct Börte and Temüjin flees. [5]
1178 Temüjin assembles an allied force of over 20,000 with his ally Toghrul and sworn blood brother Jamukha, who attack the Merkits and rescue Börte. [3] [5]


1185 Mongols gather at Burkhan Khaldun to throw their support behind Temüjin in fear of the rising power of Jamukha [3]
1187 Temüjin allies himself with the Khongirad to wage war on the Tatars. [3]


1191 Temüjin, Jamukha, and Toghrul attack the Merkits. [6]
1192 Jin dynasty starts constructing fortifications in the northwest to prevent depredations by the Mongols [7]
1193 Jamukha refuses to acknowledge Temüjin's leadership and wages war on him. [8]
1194 Jamukha and Temüjin clash at the Dalan Baljut, which ends inconclusively. However Jamukha's rash and vindictive behavior towards his allies alienates him. [8]
1196 Jin and Mongol troops carry out a punitive expedition against the Tatars [9]

13th century


1201 Mongols opposing Temüjin promote Jamukha to gür-khan [4]
1202 Mongols exterminate the Tatars [10]
1203 Temüjin splits with Toghrul [11]
springThe Keraites defeat Temüjin at Qalaqaljid Sands [12]
autumn Temüjin defeats Toghrul at Jeje'er Heights [12]
Temüjin creates the Kheshig, an elite military guard [13]
1204 Temüjin defeats the Naimans, Merkits, and Jamukha; Merkit leaders and Jamukha flee to the Altai Mountains [13]
fall Temüjin pursues Jamukha and defeats him in several battles. Eventually Jamukha's allies betray him and turn him over to Temüjin, who kills him by breaking his back. [13]
The Uyghurs and Ongud submit to Temüjin [14]
1205spring Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Temüjin of the Mongols raids Western Xia's border settlements [15]
1206springKokochu, also known as Teb Tengri, chief shaman of the Mongols, bestows upon Temüjin the title of Genghis Khan, "Universal Ruler" of the Mongol Empire, at the kurultai of Burkhan Khaldun, sacred mountain of the Mongols [16]
1207 Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Genghis Khan sacks Wulahai, a Western Xia garrison along the Yellow River near modern Wuyuan [17]
Jochi subjugates the 'forest peoples' - Kyrgyz, Oirat, and Buryat [18]
1208Toq'toa Beki of the Merkits is killed by Mongols and Uyghurs [18]
1209autumn Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Genghis Khan penetrates Western Xia from Wulahai and defeats a Tangut army before laying siege to Zhongxing, however the Mongols accidentally flood their own camp in the process of breaking the Yellow River dikes and are forced to retreat [19]
Qocho, Qayaligh, and Almaliq submit to Genghis Khan; Almaliq and the Issyk-Kul region given to Chagatai [20]


1210 Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Emperor Xiangzong of Western Xia submits to the Mongol Empire and hands over a daughter in marriage to Genghis Khan as well as a large supply of camels, falcons, and woven textiles; a Mongol garrison is left at Wulahai [19]
Kokochu is killed by Qasar in a wrestling match [21]
1211 Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Jochi, Ögedei, and Chagatai invade Inner Mongolia [22]
October Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Jebe takes Juyong Pass from the Jin dynasty [23]
winter Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Mongol forces retreat from Jin territory [24]
Karluks rebel against the Qara Khitai and defect to the Mongol Empire [25]
1212February Battle of Yehuling : Genghis Khan and Muqali crush the Jin army led by Wanyan Jiujin, Duji Sizhong, and Hushahu [24]
12135 January Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Jebe takes the Eastern Capital [23]
July–August Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Genghis Khan crushes a Jin army led by Zhuhu Gaoqi [26]
autumn Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Jochi, Ögedei, and Chagatai ravage Hebei and Shanxi [27]
November Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Genghis Khan and Jebe pass through the Zijing Gap [28]
121431 March Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Genghis Khan lays siege to the Central Capital [29]
11 May Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Jin dynasty becomes a tributary and agrees to hand over a daughter of the previous emperor; the Mongols lift the siege [29]
July Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Khitan and Tatar defectors lay siege to the Central Capital [28]
December Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Muqali wipes out Jin centers in Liaoning and southern Manchuria [28]
121531 May Battle of Zhongdu : Mongol Empire takes the Central Capital and places the Khitan Shimo Ming'an and Jabar Khoja in charge of the city [29]
23 September Kublai is born to Tolui and Sorghaghtani Beki [30]
1216 Mongol conquest of the Qara Khitai : Jebe seizes Kashgar from the Qara Khitai and Kuchlug flees [31]
Subutai raids the Kipchaks [32]
1217 Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Genghis Khan appoints Muqali as viceroy of North China and leaves for Mongolia [33]
Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Muqali removes Jin presence in the steppes [28]
1218autumn Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Muhammad II of Khwarezm's forces clash with a Mongol army led by Jochi and Subutai, the battle ending inconclusively [34]
winter Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : A Muslim merchant delegation sent by Genghis Khan arrives at Otrar and the governor Inalchuq kills them, seizing their goods for himself; a sole survivor reaches Mongolia and alerts Genghis, who sends three more envoys to demand custody of Inalchuq - they are also killed [34]
Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Mongol Empire lays siege to Zhongxing and Emperor Xiangzong of Western Xia flees west; his son and officials make peace with the Mongols [35]
Mongol conquest of the Qara Khitai : Shepherds in Badakhshan capture Kuchlug and hand him over to Jebe, who beheads him; so ends the Qara Khitai [36]
1219January Goryeo becomes a tributary of the Mongol Empire [37]
fall Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Ögedei and Chagatai take Otrar and massacres its population; Genghis Khan dispatches Jochi to conquer Syr Darya and another army to conquer Fergana [38]
Western Xia refuses to send auxiliaries for the Mongol Empire's western campaigns [39]


122015 February Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Genghis Khan takes Bukhara and places Yelü Ahai in control of Transoxiana [38]
16 March Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Genghis Khan takes Samarkand and Muhammad II of Khwarezm flees to Nishapur; Genghis Khan dispatches Jebe and Subutai to destroy the sultan [38]
May Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Jebe and Subutai take Balkh and capture Muhammad II of Khwarezm's mother Terken Khatun and family in the Zagros Mountains [40]
winter Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Muhammad II of Khwarezm dies [38]
1221March Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Tolui destroys Merv [38]
April Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Jochi, Chagatai, and Ögedei destroy Urgench while Tolui takes Nishapur and Herat [38]
spring Battle of Parwan : Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu defeats a Mongol army led by Shikhikhutug in the Hindu Kush [38]
Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Genghis Khan takes Termez [38]
Siege of Bamyan (1221) : Genghis Khan takes Bamyan; Chagatai's son Mutukan dies in the process [22]
November Battle of Indus : Genghis Khan defeats Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu, who swims across the Indus River and escapes [38]
1222 Subutai and Jebe conquer the Kuban steppe and crush the Cumans [32]
September Battle of Khunan : Subutai and Jebe defeat the Kingdom of Georgia in battle and mortally injure their king George IV of Georgia on their way north of the Caucasus.
1223 Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Muqali dies and the Mongol Empire loses control of Henan, central Shaanxi, and southeast Shandong [28]
spring Genghis Khan returns to Mongolia [38]
31 May Battle of the Kalka River : Subutai and Jebe defeat the forces of Mstislav Mstislavich, Mstislav III of Kiev, Daniel of Galicia, Mstislav II Svyatoslavich, and Köten before sacking Novhorod-Siverskyi and heading back to Mongolia [41]
Mongol Empire sacks Sudak [42]
1224 Battle of Samara Bend : Bulgars ambush Subutai and Jebe near Saqsin [43]
Goryeo stops paying tribute [37]
1226February Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Mongol Empire seizes Khara-Khoto from Western Xia and sack cities across the Gansu Corridor [39]
November Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Mongol Empire sacks Lingzhou [35]
4 December Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Genghis Khan crosses the Yellow River and defeats a Tangut relief column [35]
1227September Mongol conquest of Western Xia : Emperor Mozhu of Western Xia surrenders to the Mongol Empire and is promptly executed; so ends the Western Xia [44]
Jochi dies and is succeeded by his son Batu Khan [27]
August Genghis Khan dies near the Jing River and Tolui becomes regent [45]
122913 September Ögedei Khan is elected ruler of the Mongol Empire at a kurultai near the Kherlen River [46]
Mongol invasion of Volga Bulgaria : Sunitay and Kukedey attack Bulgar outposts on the Ural River [43]


1230 Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Doqolqu and Subutai attack Tong Pass and are defeated by Wanyan Heda [28]
autumn Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Ögedei Khan and Tolui take Fengxiang [28]
1231August Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia : Chormaqan defeats Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu, who escapes only to be killed by some random Kurd; so ends the Khwarazmian dynasty [40]
Mongol invasions of Korea : Sartai subjugates Goryeo, however the Mongol overseers are immediately killed afterwards [37]
"Thunder crash bombs" are employed by Jin troops in destroying a Mongol warship. [47]
1232spring Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Tolui invades Henan and Ögedei Khan pushes through the Tong Pass [28]
13 February Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Tolui kills Wanyan Heda [28]
8 April Mongol siege of Kaifeng : Subutai lays siege to Kaifeng [28]
Mongol invasions of Korea : Sartai heads back to Goryeo and dies from an arrow [48]
Mongol invasions of Georgia : Chormaqan subjugates Azerbaijan [49]
Tolui is struck by sickness and dies [50]
Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty : Reusable fire lance barrels made of durable paper are employed by Jin troops during the Mongol siege of Kaifeng. [47]
12335 March Mongol siege of Kaifeng : Kaifeng surrenders [28]
December Siege of Caizhou : Mongol Empire lays siege to Caizhou [28]
12349 February Siege of Caizhou : Emperor Aizong of Jin abdicates to a distant relative, Hudun, who becomes Emperor Mo of Jin, and commits suicide; Emperor Mo of Jin is killed by the Mongols; so ends the Jin dynasty [51]
Ögedei Khan announces his plans to conquer Goryeo, the Song dynasty, and Cumania [52]
1235 Ögedei Khan constructs Karakorum [52]
1236 Mongol invasion of Volga Bulgaria : Subutai destroys Bolghar and takes Saqsin [53]
Mongol invasions of Georgia : Chormaqan subjugates Georgia and Armenia [49]
123721 December Siege of Ryazan : Batu, Orda, Güyük, and Möngke sack Ryazan and Suzdal [54]
Large bombs requiring several hundred men to hurl using trebuchets are employed by Mongols in the siege of Anfeng (modern Shouxian, Anhui Province). [55]
12384 March Battle of the Sit River : Mongol Empire kills Yuri II of Vladimir [54]
spring Siege of Kozelsk : Batu struggles to take Kozelsk for two months before Kadan and Büri take it in three days [56]
Mongol Empire conquers Crimea [42]
12393 March Mongol invasion of Rus' : Mongol Empire sacks Pereiaslav [54]
18 October Mongol invasion of Rus' : Mongol Empire sacks Chernihiv [54]


12406 December Siege of Kiev (1240) : Mongol Empire sacks Kiev, Halych, and Vladimir-Suzdal, so ends Kievan Rus [54]
Mongol invasions of Tibet : Doorda Darkhan sacks Reting Monastery [57]
12419 April Battle of Legnica : Orda defeats the combined force of Henry II the Pious, Mieszko II the Fat, Sulisław of Cracow, and Boleslaus Děpoltic [58]
11 April Battle of Mohi : Boroldai and Subutai defeat a combined army from the Kingdom of Hungary, Croatia, and Knights Templar [58]
December Mongol invasion of Europe : Kadan crosses the Danube [58]
11 December Ögedei Khan dies on a hunting trip after lengthy drinking and his wife Töregene Khatun becomes regent [59]
1242 Mongol invasion of Europe : Mongol Empire forces Bulgaria to pay tribute [60]
spring Mongol invasion of Europe : Mongol forces retreat after receiving news of Ögedei Khan's death; Batu Khan stays at the Volga River and his brother Orda Khan returns to Mongolia [58]
Mongol invasions of Anatolia : Mongols take Erzurum [61]
Chagatai Khan dies and his grandson Qara Hülegü succeeds him [62]
124326 June Battle of Köse Dağ : Baiju defeats Kaykhusraw II and subjugates the Sultanate of Rum and Empire of Trebizond [63]
1244The Ayyubid dynasty gives tribute to the Mongols [61]
Badr al-Din Lu'lu' of Mosul submits to the Mongol Empire [64]
1246 Temüge tries to seize the throne without a kurultai but fails [65]
24 August Güyük Khan is elected ruler of the Mongol Empire at a kurultai on the Kherlen River [66]
Güyük Khan appoints Yesü Möngke as head of the Chagatai Khanate [67]
124820 April Güyük Khan dies on his way to confront Batu Khan and his wife Oghul Qaimish becomes regent [68]


12511 July Möngke Khan is elected ruler of the Mongol Empire at a kurultai in the Khentii Mountains [69]
fall Möngke Khan places his brothers Hulagu Khan and Kublai Khan in charge of West Asia and China, respectively [70]
Möngke Khan appoints Qara Hülegü as head of the Chagatai Khanate, who dies soon after, and his wife Orghana becomes regent for her young son Mubarak Shah [67]
1252summer Möngke Khan places Kublai Khan in charge of the invasion of the Dali Kingdom and Hulagu Khan the invasion of the Middle East [71]
fall Mongol forces depart from Shanxi and reach the Tao River [71]
Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Mongol forces under the Chinese general Wang Dechen advance into Sichuan and occupy Lizhou [71]
Kublai Khan advances with the main force towards the Dali Kingdom [71]
Niccolò and Maffeo Polo set off from Venice for China [72]
Mongol invasions of Tibet : Qoridai invades Tibet as far as Dangquka [73]
1253 Kublai Khan's forces set up headquarters on the Jinsha River in western Yunnan and march on Dali in three columns [71]
September Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Mongol forces occupy Lizhou [74]
Kublai Khan meets Phagpa Lama and promotes the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism [75]
1254JanuaryThe Dali Kingdom is conquered, although its dynasty remains in power, and the king, Duan Xingzhi, is later invested with the title of Maharajah by Möngke Khan; so ends the Dali Kingdom [76]
winter Kublai Khan returns to Mongolia and leaves Subutai's son Uryankhadai in charge of campaigns against local Yi tribes [76]
Kublai Khan starts building an independent power base in Henan and Jingzhao where Chinese-style government is implemented [77]
Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Mongol raids on the northern Song border intensify [78]
Mongol invasions of Korea : Jalairtai Qorchi plunders Goryeo [37]
1255 Mongol invasions of Korea : Mongol Empire takes Sinuiju and attacks coastal islands [37]
Batu Khan dies and is succeeded by his son Sartaq Khan, who dies soon after, and then Ulaghchi [79]
1256summer Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Möngke Khan declares war on the Song dynasty, citing imprisonment of Mongol envoys as casus belli [78]
20 November Mongol campaign against the Nizaris : Hulagu Khan takes Alamut [80]
Mongols defeat Kaykaus II at Aksaray and enthrone Kilij Arslan IV [81]
Daniel of Galicia expels Mongol garrisons from his territory [58]
Kublai Khan constructs a capital north of the Luan River [82]
1257 Uriyangkhadai, son of Subutai, pacifies Yunnan and returns to Gansu [76]
winter Mongol invasions of Vietnam : Uriyangkhadai returns to Yunnan and invades the kingdom of Đại Việt (ruled by the Trần dynasty) [76]
Möngke Khan launches an investigation into Kublai Khan's activities and subjects officials in Henan and Shanxi to interrogation, executes Kublai's chief pacification officer in Shanxi, and imposes large levies on Shanxi [78]
Ulaghchi dies and Berke, a Muslim, succeeds him [83]
125817 January Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Hulagu Khan sends a Mongol contingent across the Tigris River which suffers a defeat against Aybak [84]
18 January Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Baiju floods the enemy camp and attacks, driving them back [84]
29 January Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Hulagu Khan lays siege to Baghdad [84]
1 February Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Mongol siege weapons breach Baghdad's Ajami tower [85]
3 February Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Mongol forces take Baghdad's walls [85]
10 February Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Al-Musta'sim, his sons, and 3,000 dignitaries surrender [85]
13 February Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Mongols sack Baghdad and Hulagu Khan takes the title of Ilkhan, meaning "obedient khan" [85]
20 February Siege of Baghdad (1258) : Al-Musta'sim and his family are executed, so ends the Abbasid Caliphate [85]
Kublai Khan returns to Mongolia to placate his brother [78]
spring Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Möngke Khan's forces reach Gansu [74]
Mongol invasions of Vietnam : Đại Việt recognizes Mongol suzerainty and king Trần Thái Tông sends his son as hostage to the imperial court [76]
March Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Mongols capture Chengdu [86]
Buqa Temür takes Wasit [80]
fall Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Möngke Khan's forces reach Lizhou [74]
Mongol invasions of Korea : Wonjong of Goryeo goes to the Mongol court as hostage [87]
1259January Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Möngke Khan's forces take Yazhou [74]
February Siege of Diaoyu Castle : Möngke Khan's forces lay siege to Diaoyu Fortress [88]
July Siege of Diaoyu Castle : Möngke Khan calls off the siege of Diaoyu Fortress [89]
August Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Taghachar attacks Huainan [74]
12 August Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Möngke Khan dies from dysentery or a wound inflicted by a Song trebuchet, forcing Mongol campaigns throughout Eurasia and China to come to a halt [90]
September Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Kublai Khan's forces cross the Yangtze and lays siege to Ezhou, however he receives news of Möngke Khan's death and Ariq Böke's mobilization, forcing hm to withdraw and deal with his brother [91]
Wonjong of Goryeo goes back to Goryeo to become ruler - henceforth becoming a Mongol tributary [87]
Second Mongol invasion of Poland : Berke and Boroldai invade Poland and Daniel of Galicia flees, however his sons and brother Vasilko of Galicia join the Mongols to plunder Lithuania and Polish territories [58]
Golden Horde elements in Bukhara rebel and Alghu suppresses them [83]


1260January Siege of Aleppo (1260) : Hulagu Khan takes Aleppo from An-Nasir Yusuf; so ends the Ayyubid dynasty [80]
The Principality of Antioch submits to the Mongol Empire [92]
2 February Sack of Sandomierz (1260) : Berke and Boroldai sack Sandomierz [58]
5 May Kublai Khan convenes a kurultai at Kaiping, which elects him as ruler of the Mongol Empire; so ends the centralized Mongol Empire [93]
May Toluid Civil War : Ariq Böke proclaims himself great khan of the Mongol Empire at Karakorum [93]
6 June Hulagu Khan receives news of Möngke Khan's death and retreats to Ahlat [94]
26 July Battle of Ain Jalut : Qutuz of the Mamluks advance into Palestine and drive the Mongols from Gaza [94]
spring Hulagu Khan's son Yoshmut and commander Elege of the Jalayir take Mayyafaraqin and Mardin [80]
August Kitbuqa sacks Sidon [92]
3 September Battle of Ain Jalut : Qutuz of the Mamluks defeats Mongol forces under Kitbuqa and push them back to the Euphrates [94]
10 December First Battle of Homs : Baibars defeats a Mongol expedition into Syria [80]
Toluid Civil War : Berke of the Golden Horde allies with Ariq Böke and declares war on Hulagu Khan [95]
Toluid Civil War : Alghu, a grandson of Chagatai Khan, deposes Mubarak Shah, an appointee to the Chagatai Khanate of the Mongol Empire [90]
Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Kublai Khan's envoy Hao Jing proposes that the Song dynasty acknowledge Kublai as Son of Heaven in return for autonomy and gets jailed [96]
Kublai Khan appoints Drogön Chögyal Phagpa as Imperial Preceptor [75]
Ajall Shams al-Din Omar, from Bukhara, is appointed a commissioner of a district in north China [97]
Kublai Khan issues three currencies but the paper Jiaochao, backed by silver, prevails; total value of paper money amounts to 73,352 silver ingots [98]
1261 Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Kublai Khan sends funds to Li Tan of Shandong to make war on the Song dynasty [99]
Franks visit Kublai Khan's court at Shangdu [100]
Badr al-Din Lu'lu' dies and his son Malik Salih kills all the Christians, causing a rebellion in Mosul and Cizre [80]
126222 February Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Mongol-allied warlord of Shandong, Li Tan, defects to the Song dynasty [101]
August Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Kublai Khan's Chinese generals Shi Tianze and Shi Chu crush Li Tan's forces and capture him; Li Tan is trampled to death by horses [99]
summerRebellions in Mosul and Cizre are suppressed [80]
November Hulagu Khan kills his vizier Saif-ud-Din Bitigchi and replaces him with Shams al-Din Juvayni [102]
Berke–Hulagu war : Berke of the Golden Horde allies with the Mamluks and invades Azerbaijan [95]
Hulagu Khan gives Khorasan and Mazandaran to his son Abaqa and Azerbaijan to his other son Yoshmut [102]
Kublai Khan prohibits nomads' animals from roaming on farmlands [103]
Kublai Khan appoints Ahmad Fanakati to the Central Secretariat to direct state finances [104]
126313 January Berke–Hulagu war : Berke defeats Hulagu Khan's army on the Terek River [102]
Kublai Khan reestablishes the Privy Council to oversee the Imperial Bodyguards and Kheshig [105]
1264 Toluid Civil War : Kublai Khan defeats Ariq Böke [95]
Kublai Khan founds the Supreme Control Commission to administer Tibet and Buddhists [106]
Mongol invasion of Byzantine Thrace : Berke attacks Thrace and secures the release of Kayqubad II [107]
12658 February Hulagu Khan dies and is succeeded by his son Abaqa Khan [108]
Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty : Song dynasty and Mongol forces clash in Sichuan [96]
Niccolò and Maffeo Polo arrive at Kublai Khan's court [72]
12669 July Kublai Khan appoints his son Nomukhan Beiping Wang (prince of the pacification of the north) [109]
Berke dies in Tbilisi and is succeeded by his grandnephew Mengu-Timur [108]
Alghu dies and is succeeded by Mubarak Shah, who is deposed by Ghiyas-ud-din Baraq [83]
Kublai Khan orders the construction of Daidu, known to the Chinese as Dadu, or Khanbalikh to the Turks [110]
1267 Drikung Kagyu rebels against the Supreme Control Commission and Kublai Khan dispatches forces to crush them [75]
Kublai Khan orders the construction of an Imperial Ancestral Temple [111]
Kublai Khan designates Xu Heng as chancellor of the Guozijian [112]
Mengu-Timur grants Genoa Caffa [113]
1268 Battle of Xiangyang : Mongol forces under Aju lay siege to Xiangyang [114]
The rebellion in Tibet is suppressed and Drogön Chögyal Phagpa is reinstated along with a Mongol pacification commissioner [75]
Kublai Khan creates the "General Administration for the Supervision of Ortogh" (Muslim merchant association) to lend money at low interest to the ortogh [98]
1269 Kaidu–Kublai war : Kaidu, a grandson of Ögedei Khan, rebels against Kublai Khan [95]
Sambyeolcho Rebellion : Im Yeon engineers a coup against Wonjong of Goryeo and Kublai Khan sends 3,000 troops to vanquish the rebels and reinstate Wonjong [115]
Golden Horde assists Vladimir-Suzdal in evicting the Germans from Narva [107]
Drogön Chögyal Phagpa invents the 41 letter 'Phags-pa script, which Kublai Khan designates as the state script [116]
Niccolò and Maffeo Polo return to Europe [72]


1270 Mongol invasions of Tibet : Mongol forces crush the rebellion in Tibet and implement regular administration [73]
Ghiyas-ud-din Baraq of the Chagatai Khanate invades the Ilkhanate but suffers defeat [117]
Kublai Khan founds the Institute of Muslim Astronomy [118]
1271 Ghiyas-ud-din Baraq dies and Kaidu takes control of the Chagatai Khanate, installing Negübei as puppet khan [67]
Kublai Khan declares himself emperor of the Yuan dynasty and for the first time, annual sacrifices at the altars of Soil and Grain are done in the Chinese style; so ends the unified Mongol Empire [111] [119]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Goryeo under Mongol rule</span> Period of Goryeo vassalage to the Yuan dynasty

Goryeo under Mongol rule refers to the rule of the Mongol Empire and the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty over the Korean Peninsula from about 1270 to 1356. After the Mongol invasions of Korea and the capitulation of the Korean Goryeo dynasty in the 13th century, Goryeo became a semi-autonomous vassal state and compulsory ally of the Yuan dynasty for about 80 years. It has been referred to as a "son-in-law kingdom in the Mongol empire." The ruling line of Goryeo, the House of Wang, was permitted to rule Korea as a vassal of the Yuan, which established the Branch Secretariat for Eastern Campaigns in Korea as an extension of Mongol supervision and political power. Members of the Goryeo royal family were taken to Khanbaliq, and typically married to spouses from the Yuan imperial house. As a result, princes who became monarchs of Goryeo during this period were effectively imperial sons in-law (khuregen). Yuan overlordship ended in the 1350s when the Yuan dynasty itself started to crumble and King Gongmin of Goryeo began to push the Yuan garrisons back.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Khitans</span>

This is a timeline of the history of the Khitans. The Khitans were a nomadic people in northeastern Asia related to the Xianbei. Following the collapse of the Tang dynasty, they established the Liao dynasty in 916, encompassing parts of modern-day northern China, Mongolia, and North Korea. The Liao dynasty was eventually conquered by the Jin dynasty in 1125. Remnants of the Liao court led by Yelü Dashi fled westward to Central Asia where they established the Western Liao dynasty. In 1211, the Western Liao throne was usurped by a Naiman called Kuchlug. In 1218, the Mongol Empire defeated and conquered the Western Liao dynasty.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Jurchens</span> Timeline of notable events in the history of Manchuria

This is a timeline of the Jurchens.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Song dynasty</span>

This is a timeline of the Song dynasty (960–1279). The Song dynasty was founded by Zhao Kuangyin, posthumously known as Emperor Taizu of Song, who ended the period of division known as the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. The Song dynasty is commonly separated into two historical periods, the Northern Song (960–1127) and the Southern Song (1127–1279), divided by the loss of the north to the Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115–1234). In 1279, the Mongol Yuan dynasty conquered the Song.

This is a timeline of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). The Yuan dynasty was founded by the Mongol warlord Kublai Khan in 1271 and conquered the Song dynasty in 1279. The Yuan dynasty lasted nearly a hundred years before a series of rebellions known as the Red Turban Rebellion resulted in its collapse in 1368 and the rise of the Ming dynasty.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Tanguts</span>

This is a timeline of the Tangut people and Western Xia.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of Mongols prior to the Mongol Empire</span>

This is a timeline of Mongols prior to the Mongol Empire.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Ilkhanate</span>

This is a timeline of the Ilkhanate.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Chagatai Khanate</span>

This is a timeline of the Chagatai Khanate (1226–1348) and its successor states, Moghulistan (1347–1462), Yarkent Khanate (1514–1696), and the Turpan Khanate (1462–1680).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Golden Horde</span>

This is a timeline of events involving the Golden Horde (1242–1502), from 1459 also known as the Great Horde.

The rise of Genghis Khan involves the events from his birth as Temüjin in 1162 until 1206, when he was bestowed the title of "Genghis Khan", which means something along the lines of "Universal Ruler" or "Oceanic Ruler" by the Quriltai, which was an assembly of Mongol Chieftains.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of Xinjiang under Qing rule</span>

This is a timeline of the Xinjiang under the rule of the Qing dynasty.

The Mongol conquest of Eastern Xia was part of the conquest of China by the Mongol Empire in the early 13th century. An initial conflict broke out in 1217 when the founder of Eastern Xia, Puxian Wannu, rebelled against the Mongol Empire. However, Wannu shortly afterward submitted to Mongol overlordship. Wannu later broke from the Mongols again, and in 1233 Ögedei Khan sent his son Güyük to conquer the kingdom. Eastern Xia was destroyed and Wannu executed.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of the Era of Fragmentation</span>

This is a timeline of the Era of Fragmentation, the period of Tibetan history lasting from the death of the Tibetan Empire's last emperor, Langdarma, in 842 until Drogön Chögyal Phagpa gained control over the three provinces of Tibet in 1253 under Mongol rule.

The siege of Bukhara took place in February 1220, during the Mongol conquest of the Khwarazmian Empire. Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire, had launched a multi-pronged assault on the Khwarazmian Empire ruled by Shah Muhammad II. While the Shah planned to defend his major cities individually, the Mongols laid siege to the border town of Otrar and struck further into Khwarazmia.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Otrar Catastrophe</span> Siege and capture of Otrar by Mongol Empire

The Otrar Catastrophe was a siege that took place between December 1219 and February 1220 during the Mongol conquest of the Khwarazmian Empire at Otrar, a large trading city on the Syr Darya river. Inalchuq, the city's governor, had seized the goods of a Mongol trade caravan the previous year; after more provocations from Inalchuq's liege and ruler of the Khwarazmian Empire, Shah Muhammad II, Genghis Khan launched a full-scale invasion of the empire.



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