Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

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Penguin, Oct 25, 2016 - History - 432 pages
A landmark biography by the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World that reveals how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known.

Throughout history the world's greatest conquerors have made their mark not just on the battlefield, but in the societies they have transformed. Genghis Khan conquered by arms and bravery, but he ruled by commerce and religion. He created the world's greatest trading network and drastically lowered taxes for merchants, but he knew that if his empire was going to last, he would need something stronger and more binding than trade. He needed religion. And so, unlike the Christian, Taoist and Muslim conquerors who came before him, he gave his subjects freedom of religion. Genghis lived in the 13th century, but he struggled with many of the same problems we face today: How should one balance religious freedom with the need to reign in fanatics? Can one compel rival religions - driven by deep seated hatred--to live together in peace?

A celebrated anthropologist whose bestselling Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World radically transformed our understanding of the Mongols and their legacy, Jack Weatherford has spent eighteen years exploring areas of Mongolia closed until the fall of the Soviet Union and researching The Secret History of the Mongols, an astonishing document written in code that was only recently discovered. He pored through archives and found groundbreaking evidence of Genghis's influence on the founding fathers and his essential impact on Thomas Jefferson. Genghis Khan and the Quest for God is a masterpiece of erudition and insight, his most personal and resonant work.
 

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User Review  - Dilip-Kumar - LibraryThing

One more in the author's well-known series on the Mongols, this book elicits mixed reactions. It is beautifully written as were the previous volumes, and is a comfortable and fast read. The book ... Read full review

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

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With this latest work, Weatherford (Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World) exhaustively explores the nontraditional philosophy of Genghis Khan (1162–1227). Instead of instituting a more ... Read full review

Contents

The Anger of the Gods
1
BECOMING TEMUJIN
15
The Golden Whip of Heaven
34
Wisdom of the Steppe
47
Conflicting Selves
62
BECOMING GENGHIS KHAN
79
Jesus of the Steppe
102
The Making of the Mongol Nation
117
Wild Man from the Mountain
223
The Confucian and the Unicorn
245
The Last Campaign
263
War Inside and Out
278
Burning the Books
300
Life After Death
325
The Unfulfilled Law
331
The Thunderbolt of God
350

Guardians of the Flame
133
BECOMING THE WORLD CONQUEROR
149
Gods Omnipotence
173
The Thumb of Fate
207
A Note on Sources and Further Reading
357
Notes
363
Bibliography
393
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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 United States and Mongolia.

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