But they just spat in his face. They wanted him to serve for life like monarchy but he refused and resigned after 2 terms. He famously defeated Hannibal Barca who is also believed to be one of the greatest generals of all time. Okay, so maybe it is a fact that Genghis makes Alexander look like some wimpy brat of a conqueror who played on easy level. Khan got China, Caesar got France, Alexander the Great got the Persians. He freed Europe from fashists and made Russia to a superpower and ruled until his death remaining the absolute dictator of many countries including East Germany, Hungary, Finland, Poland, Chechoslovacka , Baltic states and many other Eastern countries.
As soon as they were free of the walls he massacred all 6,000 defenders and burned the city to the ground. Shortly afterward, the Greco-Bactrian king Demetrius launched an invasion of India. Napoleon was one of the greatest military generals of all time, and is still studied in military schools all over the world today. I don't think either legends or myths have to be false. Pizarro first unsuccessfully attacked the western coast of South America, but on his third expedition he landed in what is now Ecuador, and drove to the Incan capital of Tumbes, only to find it ruined by Incan civil war.
Is there any historical evidence that he even existed?? The price of peace is 750,000 Americans dead on both sides is seen as a success. Some managed to conquer the world, some managed to end violence and put their countries into periods of peace and stability, and some changed not only their nations, but the world. I sure as hell hope you are. He captured the Emperor Atahualpa, executed him, and basically conquered the whole land with about 160 men on horseback. If this alone doesn't make you the greatest conquerer I don't know what does? Hernán Cortés is a big reason why Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. The south saw this as a threat and so, secession started.
This was known as Menelaus's theorem which formed the foundation of trigonometry studies for the next 3 centuries. Without a doubt he is the most positive conqueror on this list, as he espoused many of the French revolutionary ideas that helped shape much of democracy as we know it today. However, as anyone who has seen 'Zulu Dawn' not the Michael Caine film, the other one with Peter O Toole and knows about the massacre of the British at Isandlwhana by the Zulus, having superior weaponry doesn't guarantee anything! Cyrus gained territory by crushing empires, he destroyed the Median, Lydian, and Neo-Babylonian Empires. And well, he was French. He destroyed the slavery in all his lands, and made the Cyrus Cylinder, the first example of human rights in the world, while slavery existed in western countries even in 19th century. Shivaji revolutionised military tactics, and pioneered guerilla warfare methods which used speed and surprise to take on larger and more powerful enemies. A great leader cannot be great just because his rule is peaceful.
When he reached the capital, Tenochtitlan, the Aztec ruler - Moctezuma - fatefully decided to welcome Cortés and his men. He did make some mistakes, but name a conqueror who hasn't. He is one of the most successful asian conquerors of all time. Alexander was never defeated in battle and only stopped expanding his empire because his men were too tired to continue fighting. And one thing about Lincoln, he made his speeches, great ones at that, and various letters, and made great debates with Stephen Douglas, his political rival, etc. Atilla The Hun ruled territories from Germany to the Caspian Sea for almost 20 years 4. It takes a good commander to alter his battle plans to take in how the other side is fighting.
He was a brilliant strategist and general, and his army conquered most of continental Europe. In fact, Napoleon outlived his already crumbled empire. That is also thought to be about 5% of the population of the world at that time. So I agree with you. Both Hitler and Bonaparte made the same mistakes. He was moving through unknown land, and yet still he won battles there. He was greedy for money, and cruel by our modern standards but he laid the foundation for the economic and political success of England.
He made a mistake he could have seen coming and many did. He was heavily involved in politics and claimed to be a descendant of Genghis Khan. He pillaged and devastated Western and Eastern Rome for nearly 20 years before dying by choking on his own blood in his sleep, and soon after his barbarian empire collapsed. The most land and blood-thirsty man in human history is easily Genghis Khan, who conquered more than twice as much land as Alexander. Answer The best player in History was Pele, but now the greatest soccer player is David Becham. Originally posted by lil bitchiness Saladin springs to mind.
He caused the deaths of millions of people, after conquering land. I would go with Alexander the Great also! But when a megolmaniac starts to say do this or die, people have a tendency to either do it or assassinate him. Khan wasted much of the potential resources of his empire via taxation by pillaging and looting many of their rich cities. Ceasar did, on occasion, ride his horse into or near the fray to inspire his troops, but his position of general was far more important than his individual efforts as a soldier. The Mayan Civilization is not on par with Rome I think you should read on the history of Abraham Lincoln, his biography.
I just knew that the top result was going to be someone like Lincoln. In the beginning Hitler left the battles to very able generals. He then trained them all, but when he gave them orders, they simply giggled. They were certainly the most culturally influential of the great empires of human history. Originally posted by Janus Marius Both of them were very good, but there were other military leaders who were equally good or better, just not as notable in the grand scheme. He took on 4 European powers at once and managed to stay in power of a fragile, nevertheless far-reaching European based empire.