Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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Crown/Archetype, 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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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

The author gives a new perspective on the era of the Khans and how they changed the world. From his perspective the Khans were responsible for every innovation since 1200! Maybe a little overboard ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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