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The History of the Mongol Conquests

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The Mongol conquests, culminating with the invasion of Europe in the middle of the thirteenth century, were of a scope and range never equaled. These nomadic peoples from central Asia briefly held sway over an empire that stretched across Asia to the frontiers of Germany and the shores of the Adriatic. Surprisingly little has been written on this vast and immensely ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 29th 2001 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published February 22nd 2001)
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Alex Shrugged
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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"The History of the Mongol Conquests" by J.J. Saunders is pretty good. He has a fine writing style that makes history seem less tedious. The book is shorter than I expected. It has plenty of footnotes but they seem different, as if he is speaking directly to the reader. They are worth reading too.

The Mongols were a weapon of mass destruction. He says something similar to that over and over again just to remind the reader that the Mongols initially destroyed great civilizations, and then he
Ben Daghir
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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From Alexander the Great to Napoleon to Hitler, most history lovers know these historical figures' stories. Genghis Khan, arguably, was more powerful. His territory spanned further than any other leader in world history...all on horseback.

The Islamic tradition in the Middle East almost was whipped out in Baghdad, what would the world be like today?

This book provides a valuable lesson: one can conquer on horseback, but one cannot govern on horseback.

Bob Newman
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The eruption of nomadic warriors across Asia into Europe and the Middle East in the 1200s was only the greatest of many previous waves. Under Genghis Khan (Chingis, Jengiz, etc) and his immediate successors, the Mongols reached Germany and Croatia, Korea, Japan, Java, Burma, and Egypt. They built the greatest contiguous empire the world has ever known. It all collapsed within a century. The Mongols had some military geniuses as leaders in the beginning and were known for
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I definitely thought this book came out in 2001 - until I got a copy from work that was published in 1971. So yes, this book is a bit dated, a bit old. On the very first page, Saunders writes: "Few documented studies... exist of the amazing career of Chingis (or, as he is better known Genghis) Khan; no scholarly life of his famous grandson Kubilai Khan, immortalized by Marco Polo and Coleridge, exists in any Western language, and even the best general histories of the medieval world deal very ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This was probably the most enjoyable academic history book I’ve read. It manages to provide vivid historical accounts such as that of the making of Genghis Khan and his upbringing or the Mongol circuit of the Caspian Sea, which are told in a way that provides breathtaking context and even suspense while maintaining academic tone and integrity. It is remarkable that this book covers as much detail as it does while still providing the context needed to get a sense of the magnanimity of these ...more
Michael Bond
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written in an academic style, but nonetheless very interesting and complete.
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