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Explain what situation caused genghis khan to invade seljuk territory in persia and destroy the qanat there

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Hi Kiera,
I assume you are referring to the campaign of 1219-1221. Genghis originally had no plan to attack Seljuk territory. He sent a peace delegation to the Seljuk city of Otrar, but the governor there massacred the Mongolian delegation. This angered Genghis, and he retaliated with a massive invasion that destroyed the Khwarezmid Empire.

Hope this answers your question,   C.M.

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C.M. Aaron

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My interests are pretty diverse: military history, technology, and social trends for most historical eras, general U.S. history, European history, especially Roman and early medieval history but also the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, European colonialism in Africa, a little bit of Asian history, especially as it relates to European and American imperialism. I'm also pretty good with presidential history.

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I've read hundreds of history books on various subjects. I've also been writing historical fiction for about twenty years. Story development drives my research. I am also a tour guide at a local museum.

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Bachelor's degree in history and geography.

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