Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
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That notwithstanding, no…moreThe main source quoted in the bibliography is, "The Secret History of the Mongols" (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press 1982)
That notwithstanding, no one book can possibly cover the width and breadth of Mongol history....just as no one book can do the same with any other part of world history.
We selected this book for our April 2016 book club.
1. Genghis Khan was an advocate of human rights, specifically freedom of religion, freedom from torture and free trade (he got two of the Four Freedoms right, which is pretty impressive by medieval standards, especially when they still, like, burned heretics and unbelievers in Europe and elsewhere). GK forbade the use of torture in trials and as punishment. He also granted religious free ...more
If you want a light, easy and entertaining read, you won't be disappointed. If you'd like to learn about Mongolian history however, I can only urge you not to read this book. A better bet would be the eminently more reliable, but still readable The Mongols by David Morgan.
It suffers from many of the faults common to revisionist history - starting out with a good point but over-exaggerating to th ...more
In addition to the amazing personal details presented about Genghis Khan and his early life as an outcast from one of the most obscure fringe nomadic tribes of Mongolia to, well, King of the World, the book does make a fascinat ...more
Never forget the Mongolian scholars
who were willing to sacrifice their lives to preserve your history.
Энэ ном надад их таалагдсан. Монголчуудын ахуй амьдралыг сайн дүрсэлсэн, үйл явдлуудыг олон талаас тайлбарласан, ер нь бодит байдалтай их л дөхөм юм шиг санагдав. Бас бидний олж хардаггүй зүйлсийг өөр өнцөгөөс харж бичсэн байсан. Бүх хүмүүст уншихыг зөвлөж байна. Уйтгартай түүхийн ном шиг санагдахгүй гэдгийг амлая (эхний 2 хэсэгт таны мэддэг юм гарах болохоор уйдаж магадгүй, ...more
Reading about Genghis Khan was a marvelous time spent with the book. He had a very rough childhood and his father died when he was very young leaving his mother alone with his brothers to take care.
Undoubtedly, he was extremely intelligent and also a military genius. He used psychlogy during wars. His enemies used to fear him ...more
Listening to this fascinating audio book in the gym and when walking the dog... Temurlen (as he's known here) had a tough childhood; his warrior life started with his refusal to let go of his beloved wife Borta who was kidnapped by a huge and strong tribe... And he, a 19-year old boy who grew up as an outcast, hunting for rats, went on gathering support to bring her (and also his mother and other women of the family) back, for he felt that his chest was cut open and heart ...more
This book gives me a whole new perspective on 13th and 14th century world history. It also helps me understand a little more about the Yuan Dynasty in Chinese history (e.g. I learned that it was probably the outbreak of the bubonic plague that led the Mongolian rulers to become paranoid and begin to alienate and repress the Chinese population whom they believed to have been the source of the horrible pestilence).
I'm really glad that I found this non-fiction title after having read Urgunge Onon's ...more
I wanted to like this book but, the more I read, the more I was bothered by what seem to me to be unsubstantiated and "over the top" claims by the author. Since I know little about Asian history, I can only assume that the first part of the book is ...more
It's true that his account of Temujin's life is an interpreted one -- the w ...more
The first third deals with Jackie's..., I ...more
The author's co ...more
Secondly, while I usually prefer ...more
Like most biographers, Weatherford clearly beca ...more
Let me tell you from the very outset, Genghis Khan was not a Muslim who perpetrated various acts of violence against the people of India. Furthermore, he even failed to mount a conquest on India as he found the weather to be too hot. Genghis Khan was a Mongol and a shaman who believed in the ‘eternal blue sky’. Though other Mongols adopted Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, he himself stayed true to his roots, while establishing a secular state which extended from Russia to Afghanistan, & fr...more
The Mongolian Empire gets a bad rap in the West and all because of a political accident that occurred in 1755. Voltaire was writing a play to skewer the King of France, ...more
However, his story is more interesting than that. He definitely was a brute. For instance, to help win a battle he would round up villagers who were "trapped" outside the central city walls and force them into the surrounding moat and then trample them with heavy war machines and his own troops on horseback.
He created an empire four times the size of ...more
The book continues through the reign of his grandchildren, and the eventual fall of ...more
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