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History Mongolia Development, Power, Policy

Once once more, the imperial family members had to choose a successor from amongst all the sons and grandsons of Genghis Khan, and make a consensus across their sprawling empire. It took time, but a 1251 kurultai officially elected Mongke Khan, grandson of Genghis and son of Tolui, as the new terrific khan. In 1241, Ogedei Khan died, bringing to a temporary halt the Mongols’ momentum in their conquests of Europe and the Middle East. Batu Khan’s order was preparing to attack Vienna when news of Ogedei’s death distracted the leader. Most of the Mongol nobility lined up behind Guyuk...