Many people may assume Ghenghis Khan and his army is something we obviously do know about or have to know about. He got the biggest piece of the world in his time and Genghis Khan ranks first for male with the most children in history (1,000-2,000), not to mention his other deeds. Another important figure I told in my history lecture to high schoolers at the Schildt high school, Jyvaskyla, Finland was Timur, historically know as Amir Temur or Tamerlane. Timur was the last nomadic conquerors of the Eurasian Steppe, and his empire set the stage for the rise of the more structured and lasting Gunpowder Empires in the 16th and 17th centuries. Timur envisioned the restoration of the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan.
(No, Ghenghis Khan is not in this picture. On the left horse – I am the author, and my friend from the right. Kyrgyzystan mountains, 2005)
Although I am very interested in above mentioned figures, the class I visited were not. Finn high schoolers of the class were awaken when my slides turn in to the Russian conquest of Central Asia. At the end, we all realized one important think that, We (I am from Tajikistan, & Finns from Finland) were together under the Russian Empire for some period. Finns were able to leave the club earlier while Tajikistan gained independence in 1991.
Overall, we shortly disccussed the current developments in Tajikistan, the culture and the nature. At the end, two high schoolers showed and described the school in general, also admitting that they were falling asleep when I was talking about Persian, Arab, Monghol and Turkic Rule in the Central Asia but then they catched me up when Russian period accured on the screen.
To conclude, I really liked the school atmosphere, free meal for the schoolers, gym available to everyone during the schools hours, music corners and resting sofas.
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