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ISBN13: 9780609610626
ISBN10: 0609610627
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The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford, the only Western scholar ever to be allowed into the Mongols’ “Great Taboo”—Genghis Khan’s homeland and forbidden burial site—tracks the astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world.

Fighting his way to power on the remote steppes of Mongolia, Genghis Khan developed revolutionary military strategies and weaponry that emphasized rapid attack and siege warfare, which he then brilliantly used to overwhelm opposing armies in Asia, break the back of the Islamic world, and render the armored knights of Europe obsolete. Under Genghis Khan, the Mongol army never numbered more than 100,000 warriors, yet it subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans conquered in four hundred. With an empire that stretched from Siberia to India, from Vietnam to Hungary, and from Korea to the Balkans, the Mongols dramatically redrew the map of the globe, connecting disparate kingdoms into a new world order.

But contrary to popular wisdom, Weatherford reveals that the Mongols were not just masters of conquest, but possessed a genius for progressive and benevolent rule. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope of Genghis Khan’s accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination. Genghis Khan was an innovative leader, the first ruler in many conquered countries to put the power of law above his own power, encourage religious freedom, create public schools, grant diplomatic immunity, abolish torture, and institute free trade. The trade routes he created became lucrative pathways for commerce, but also for ideas, technologies, and expertise that transformed the way people lived. The Mongols introduced the first international paper currency and postal system and developed and spread revolutionary technologies like printing, the cannon, compass, and abacus. They took local foods and products like lemons, carrots, noodles, tea, rugs, playing cards, and pants and turned them into staples of life around the world. The Mongols were the architects of a new way of life at a pivotal time in history.

In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed. This dazzling work of revisionist history doesn’t just paint an unprecedented portrait of a great leader and his legacy, but challenges us to reconsider how the modern world was made.

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"With appreciative descriptions of the sometimes tender tyrant, this chronicle supplies just enough personal and world history to satisfy any reader." Publishers Weekly

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"A horde-pleaser, well-written and full of surprises." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] well-written and usually credible work that provides a necessary reassessment of the legacy of this vast empire." Booklist

Synopsis:

Based on eight years of groundbreaking research in Mongolia, this history of the great conqueror argues that rather than a crude barbarian, Khan was one of the most progressive and influential rulers in all of world history.

About the Author

Jack Weatherford is a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is a specialist in tribal people and the author of Indian Givers, Native Roots, Savages and Civilization, and The History of Money.

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Colleen Bolton, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Colleen Bolton)
Absorbing history of the rise of Genghis Khan and his contributions to the making of the world we know today. Very well written, with detail and new interpretations based on recent artifact findings of the Mongolian Empires, following relaxation of China's restrictions on foreign scholars. I found it to be an exciting read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780609610626
Publisher:
Crown
Location:
New York
Author:
Weatherford, Jack
Author:
Weatherford, J. McIver
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Mongols
Subject:
Mongols -- History.
Subject:
Mongols -- Kings and rulers.
Subject:
Asia
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 03-03
Publication Date:
March 16, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.26x6.52x1.16 in. 1.32 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » Mongolia
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
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Product details 352 pages Crown Publishers - English 9780609610626 Reviews:
"Review" by , "With appreciative descriptions of the sometimes tender tyrant, this chronicle supplies just enough personal and world history to satisfy any reader."
"Review" by , "A horde-pleaser, well-written and full of surprises."
"Review" by , "[A] well-written and usually credible work that provides a necessary reassessment of the legacy of this vast empire."
"Synopsis" by , Based on eight years of groundbreaking research in Mongolia, this history of the great conqueror argues that rather than a crude barbarian, Khan was one of the most progressive and influential rulers in all of world history.
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