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Genghis Khanby Paul Ratchnevsky
Synopses & Reviews
Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire, the largest continuous land empire ever. On his death in 1227, this extended from the Near East to the Yellow Sea, and was expanded by his successors to include what is now Iran, Iraq and southern Russia. By 1206, Genghis Khan had completed the unification by conquest of all the tribes of Mongolia, and was acclaimed as universal Khan. He then launched his assault on Northern China. Peking was captured in 1215, and the Chin were finally subjugated by Genghis's successors in 1234. This is the definitive biography.
Book News Annotation:
Ratchnevsky (emeritus, sinology, Humboldt U., Germany) presents a critical synthesis of the often-contradictory primary literature on the founder of the Mongol Empire in order to formulate what he sees as the most plausible narrative of the life of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Naturally, much of the work is devoted to Genghis Khan's wars of conquest, but significant attention is paid to the political and organizational abilities that allowed his empire to outlast him by over a century. This work was first published in Germany as Cinggis-Khan: Sein Leben und Wirken (1983). Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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In this definitive biography of Genghis Khan, Paul Ratchnevsky draws upon Mongol, Chinese, Persian, and European sources in order to establish highly readable account of the life of one of the greatest conquerors in world history.
About the Author
Paul Ratchnevsky was Emeritus Professor of Sinology at Humboldt University in Berlin, and best known for his three-volume work Un Code des Yuan.
Thomas Nivison Haining CMG served for over 30 years in the diplomatic service, including as Ambassador to Mongolia. He is currently an honorary Research Associate in History at the University of Aberdeen.
Author of the new introduction:
Morris Rossabi is Professor of History at the City University of New York and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.
1. The Origins and Boyhood Years of Genghis Khan (Temuchin).
2. Rise to Supremacy on the Steppe.
3. Genghis Khan: Ruler of the Mongol Empire.
4. Personality and Achievements.
5. The Structure of the World Mongol Empire.
Map of Campaigns.
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