Frederick the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent or Möngke Khan

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  • Frederick

    Votes: 5 45.5%
  • Mongke

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • Suleiman

    Votes: 4 36.4%

  • Total voters
    11
Feb 2018
189
US
#5
Mongke expanded from the Syr Darya to Syria, subjugated Yunnan, Korea, Tibet, Kashmir and made Dai Viet a tributary. Note that Ogedei had already conquered Iran to the Zagros and Caucasia, but Iran and Afghanistan to the Syr Darya was treated as a military-governed frontier zone until Mongke.

His main achievement was centralizing Mongol power to a new level and maximizing their cultural fusion and human movements for innovation. The potential Mongol manpower has been estimated at 1-1.5M, much higher than under previous Khans. When he died, the Mongols had three invasions in progress (Syria and Egypt/Poland/Song China) that got aborted during the succession crisis, so there was a lot of 'loose' territory taken that was never solidified.

Mongke only ruled for seven years under very unusual circumstances, so it's odd to put him in a comparison. His role seemed more political and cultural than military since he ruled for so short, but he did have one of the finest generals of his era as a tutor in the empire in his youth (at Genghis Khan's order).

Suleiman stands out to me here.
 

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