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The last direct descendant of Genghis Khan to rule his own kingdom.

The last direct descendant of Genghis Khan to rule his own kingdom.

The guy in the picture is Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara and the last direct descendant of Genghis Khan to rule his own kingdom. This picture was taken in 1911, the year his father died and he succeeded to the throne.

He was the last ruler of the Manghit Dynasty, from a tribe of Mongol warriors belonging to Nogai Horde. The Nogai Horde descended from Nogai Khan, the great-grandson of Jochi, the eldest son of Genghis. The Nogai Horde ended up being the most powerful confederation among the Golden Horde, which continued to rule central Asia for centuries after Genghis Khan’s death.

The Emirate of Bukhara covered much of what is today Uzbekistan, with Samarkand and Bukhara as its two major cities. This is another picture by the same photographer taken a year before Alim Khan’s portrait, showing Jewish boys with their teacher in Samarkand (1910). The Russians overthrew Bukhara in 1920 and Alim Khan fled to Afghanistan, where he eventually died. His daughter was a journalist who left Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded in 1979, and moved to the US. She worked for Voice of America and did propaganda radio broadcasts in Dari (local Afghan language) as part of the US effort to kick the Soviets out of Afghanistan. – EvanRWT

This picture is more than 100 years old. Using triple negatives of blue, red, and green filters on glass, combined to create a beautiful color photo from 1911.

Russia in color a century ago with images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time – when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun. Collected here are a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948. ( Via )