Genghis Khan, Renaissance guy ...

Genghis Khan laid the foundations for the Renaissance, according to a news story recently published by China's Xinhua news agency.

"Genghis Khan introduced papermaking and printing technologies to Europe and pioneered cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe," said a specialist on Mongolian history at Beijing Union University. A professor at Ningxia University noted that Genghis Khan's expeditions to Europe reopened the Silk Road, which "revived the ancient trade link and made economic and cultural exchanges possible again between the isolated civilizations."

This year marks the 800th anniversary of Genghis Khan uniting the Mongol tribes.