Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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Crown, Mar 22, 2005 - History - 352 pages
New York Times Bestseller • The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote cornerof the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age.

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.

From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.
 

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Covering hundreds of years of history, this book reviews the successes of Genghis Khan and the successes then failures of his descendants, who began the process of connecting Eurasia and brought major ... Read full review

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Who knew? The more history I read, the more astounded I get by the amount of disinformation is propagated by those who should know better. Well, that’s a bit harsh considering this book has only been publidhed, but still!! A fascinating read!! Read full review

Contents

PART I
1
Tale of Three Rivers
31
War of the Khans
55
PART II
79
The Discovery and Conquest of Europe
132
Warring Queens
160
Khubilai Khan and the New Mongol Empire
195
Their Golden Light
218
The Empire of Illusion
241
The Eternal Spirit of Genghis Khan
266
A Note on Transliteration
287
Selected Bibliography293
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Jack Weatherford is the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World; Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World; The Secret History of the Mongol Queens; and The History of Money, among other acclaimed books. A specialist in tribal peoples, he was for many years a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College in Minnesota and divides his time between the US and Mongolia.

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