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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
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An ambitious undertaking, but falls short of its intended goal and scope. The introduction lists all those nations whose cultural development was stalled (sometimes regressed) because of the Mongol invasion and within the same breath mocks those very nations for using the "Mongol Yoke" as an excuse for their lagging progress. The argument that Genghis's "single-generation" empire was the first example of globalization is simply not convincing. And the said globalization was truly short-lived: his grandsons (Kublai in Cathay and Batu in Russia) hardly had anything in common, one being a Chinese Emperor and another "remaining" a Mongol Khan, albeit converted to Christianity, as some sources claim. The book contains several factual errors as well, especially concerning the flight of Jalal-Ed-Din (the Khvarazm sultan) and his pursuit by the troops of Subudai and Jebe.
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