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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #31

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All those history books read and I still mix up the centuries at times! (anyone else do this?)
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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #32

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The most important persons back then were my ancestors who survived long enough to pass on their (= my) DNA. Anyone else was a side game.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #33

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This is my opinion...
Europe:King Richard the Lionheart(1157-1199) (The Crusades,Angevin Empire,and the war with Saladin)
China:Emperor Gaozong (1107-1187) (Vast Territory) (Poetry) or Yue Fei (1103-1142) (Military command)
Russia:Rostislav Mstislavich(1110-1167) (Dominion over Smolensk,Novgorod, and Kiev, as well as religiousness)
Middle East:Saladin(1137-1193) (Crusade defense and Sultan of Egypt of Syria)
Africa:Gebre Mesquel Lalibela (1160's-1221) (Conquest of Central Africa)
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Old November 29th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #34
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I still think that the critical activities of Temüjin for the integration of the Mongol confederations into the great Khanate by the last decade of the XII century should be more than enough by themselves for him to qualify for the OP, certainly exponentially more important on a global scale in the long run (even for Europe) than any number of Crusaders so uselessly slaughtering Muslims, Jews & Christians in the remote Holy Land.

However, if even so he would still be excluded, my next option would be Zhu Yu, the Chinese author of Hubei who under the Emperor Huizong of the Song dynasty first described the use of the historically groundbreaking mariner's magnetic-needle compass for navigation at sea.

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Old November 29th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #35

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I'd say Saladin, his chivalric acts were awesome and he was a great leader.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #36

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It's got to be Genghis or Chengiz Khan. In many countries including Japan, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Russia his conquests changed their history forever. It is also worth mentioning that most of these extensive countries (which contain nearly half the population of earth) would not exist if it was not for the power vacuum after the fall of Mongolian dynasties.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:55 PM   #37

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It is also speculated that about 0.5% of the living people today are descendants of Genghis khan,
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Old November 30th, 2012, 05:50 AM   #38

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It is also speculated that about 0.5% of the living people today are descendants of Genghis khan, according to the Wikipedia article.
Genghis Khan the Sex Machine!

Yeah! he is important, I forgot to include him in my post.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 05:52 AM   #39

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Oops, he reigned during 1206 - 1227. He's not included here. My bad
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Old November 30th, 2012, 08:46 AM   #40

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Genghis Khan the Sex Machine!

Yeah! he is important, I forgot to include him in my post.
I wonder would he say now if he is alive: "Im sexy and I know it"
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