Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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Three Rivers Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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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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User Review  - bicyclewriter - LibraryThing

To be clear and fair, I love history books, so I'm likely to rate a history book high when it's well written, and this one is. I read the Iggulden novels about Genghis, and they were fun as novels ... Read full review

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User Review  - Benedict8 - LibraryThing

I had thought that Genghis Khan was another one of those mad conquerors that we had read about in history, like Tamerlane, Attila the Hun or Hitler. However, his story is more interesting than that ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
1
Tale of Three Rivers I 31
55
PART II
62
12111161
79
The Discovery and Conquest of Europe _2
160
8
195
9
218
The Empire of Illusion
241
The Eternal Spirit of Genghis Khan
266
A Note on Transliteration I
287
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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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