Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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A thought provoking re-evaluation of Genghis Khan's rise to power sheds light on the revolutionary reforms the conqueror instituted throughout his empire, including religious freedom, diplomatic immunity, and the creation of the Silk Road free trade zone as well as on his uniting of the East and West, which set the foundation for the nation states and global economic systems of the modern era. Reprint. The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty 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.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, 2005
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780609809648
Branch Call Number: 950.21092 W3784g 2005
Characteristics: xxxv, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm

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TeresaWBrown
Sep 13, 2016

Everyone should read this book. Genghis Khan is so not who you thought he was. Brutal, yes but also established freedom of religion, public education for all, global trade and the advancement of all-not just the ruling classes.

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SherryD_0
Jun 01, 2016

Beautifully written. Adds to our understanding of history and culture down to today.

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ReidCooper
Dec 27, 2013

Very readable and compelling, Weatherford writes with unambiguous sympathy of Genghis Khan and his immediate family as human beings. While often called revisionist, he is clearly building on the work of earlier writers, like David Morgan, whose 1986 book "The Mongols" Weatherford quotes. Weatherford goes to some length to dispel certain misconceptions about Genghis Khan, as distinct from later rulers & conquerors who claimed to be his descendants.

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Mualla
Aug 03, 2011

Jack Weatherford, being an anthropologist did an excellent job to explore the 13th century genius. The following paragraph from him sums it up: "In American terms, the accomplishment of Genghis Khan might be understood if the United States, instead of being created by a group of educated merchants of wealthy planters, had been founded by one of its illiterate slaves, who, by the sheer force of personality, charisma, and determination, liberated America from foreign rule, united the people, created an alphabet, wrote the constitution, established universal religious freedom, invented a new system of warfare, marched an army from Canada to Brazil and opened roads of commerce in a free-trade zone that stretched across the continents. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope of Genghis Khan's accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination and tax the resources of scholarly explanation."

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jacquep
Sep 02, 2010

This was a great eye opener for me regarding the achievements of Genghis Khan. I now view European history of this time period in a whole new light. I really enjoyed reading this book.

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