Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

ISBN-10: 0609610627

ISBN-13: 9780609610626

Edition: 2004

Authors: Jack Weatherford
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Description: A lively, fast-paced and radically revisionist account of the life of Genghis Khan and of the empire he created - which was thelargest empire in world history - and of the "Global Awakening" that he brought about by joining the East with the West. AsJack Weatherford writes "No one, before or since, conquered half as much territory, as many countries, or as many people as didGenghis Khan." The conventional view of Khan and the Mongols is that they were relentlessly brutal barbarians who showed nomercy to those they conquered. Weatherford turns this view on its head and shows that in fact Khan was a stunningly innovativeand progressive thinker, who created a benevolent and populist form of government within his empire - the first ruler to put thepower of law above his own power; first to institute religious freedom; first to create public schools; first to grant diplomaticimmunity; first to institute free trade, etc . By joining backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia, building the SilkRoad into a marvelously efficient and heavily protected world trading route, Khan created a new world culture, which providedthe impetus for the explosion of technological and social innovations known as the "Global Awakening," the fire that lighted theRenaissance.The book begins with the story of how Khan developed a new military system, perfecting a style of battle and innovating manybrilliant strategies, and how he thereby consolidated power over all the Mongol tribes. The book then follows him as he sets outto conquer the surrounding territories, with dramatic storytelling about some of the key battles, such as the fall of Baghdad,which broke the back of Muslim power, a blow from which the Muslim world has never recovered.After Khan's death, the story continues with his heirs as they continue to conquer ever more territory, and culminates in the sto-ry of his grandson Kublai Khan and the explosion of new technologies and of world trade that happened during his reign.DESCRIPTION A lively, fast-paced and radically revisionist account of the life of Genghis Khan and of the empire he created - which was the largest empire in world history - and of the "Global Awakening" that he brought about by joining the East with the West. As Jack Weatherford writes "No one, before or since, conquered half as much territory, as many countries, or as many people as did Genghis Khan." The conventional view of Khan and the Mongols is that they were relentlessly brutal barbarians who showed no mercy to those they conquered. Weatherford turns this view on its head and shows that in fact Khan was a stunningly innovative and progressive thinker, who created a benevolent and populist form of government within his empire - the first ruler to put the power of law above his own power; first to institute religious freedom; first to create public schools; first to grant diplomatic immunity; first to institute free trade, etc . By joining backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia, building the Silk Road into a marvelously efficient and heavily protected world trading route, Khan created a new world culture, which provided the impetus for the explosion of technological and social innovations known as the "Global Awakening," the fire that lighted the Renaissance. The book begins with the story of how Khan developed a new military system, perfecting a style of battle and innovating many brilliant strategies, and how he thereby consolidated power over all the Mongol tribes. The book then follows him as he sets out to conquer the surrounding territories, with dramatic storytelling about some of the key battles, such as the fall of Baghdad, which broke the back of Muslim power, a blow from which the Muslim world has never recovered. After Khan's death, the story continues with his heirs as they continue to conquer ever more territory, and culminates in the sto- ry of his grandson Kublai Khan and the explosion of new technologies and of wo

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/16/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

The Mongol Dynasties
Introduction: The Missing Conqueror
The Reign of Terror on the Steppe: 1162-1206
The Blood Clot
Tale of Three Rivers
War of the Khans
The Mongol World War: 1211-1261
Spitting on the Golden Khan
Sultan Versus Khan
The Discovery and Conquest of Europe
Warring Queens
The Global Awakening: 1262-1962
Khubilai Khan and the New Mongol Empire
Their Golden Light
The Empire of Illusion
Epilogue: The Eternal Spirit of Genghis Khan
Notes
A Note on Transliteration
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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