Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
It's a fun dramatized narrative to read and I'd recommend it as a jumping off point for an interest in the Genghis and the Mongols. However, it is by no means a comprehensive text. Hope this helps friend! :D(less)
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
The Mongols existed during the 13th and 14th centuries and was the largest contiguous land empire in history. They were experienced rulers way ahead of their time not only in in military terms but also in tr ...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 ...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
Massive Mongol Moments :
"In 25 years, the Mongol army subjugated more lands and people than the Romans had conquered in 400 years.”
“In American terms, the accomplishments of Genghis Khan might be und ...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
I listened to this audiobook last night, and I found it to be pretty interesting and humanizing to a person that is usually given a pretty bad rap in high school history classes. Usually we're taught that he was a ruthless conqueror who killed hundreds of thousands, millions? Lots of people. But never anything about the man, the person, he is aside from that. How did he grow up to be this man, and why?
This is the story that this book seeks to tell. And it is a fascinating one ...more
It's true that his account of Temujin's life is an interpreted one -- the w ...more
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is based on two pillars. One is the idea that the Mongols created the modern ethos of free trade, one world government, religious toleration, feminism (sort of), and learning. The other is that ...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
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
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
So, now that I know on whom to blame the invention of pants, I’ll overlook this massive grudge I’m still nurturing, and love Khan as much as the Mongolians.
So much of historical figures are construc ...more
First and foremost, the book successfully overthrew everything I thought I knew about those rampaging Mongol hordes. Now, you think you know how this is going to go: a historical figure we used to think was a hero becomes a villain or (in this case) vice versa. But it's not that simple. The book in no way glorifies Genghis. But it convinced me that we have his legacy all wrong.
The first third deals with Jackie's..., I ...more
I don't have a strong background in History, during my high school and college years History was something I had to labor through to get to the fun stuff - chemistry and biology!
As I get older though I'm trying to close the gap in my education through Biographies and History books because it irks me that I didn't take it seriously when I was younger.
This is my first book pertaining to Khan, but I had watched several documentaries on him before. This book r ...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, & from V...more
There is much about the history of the Mongols that I had learned only obliquely in the past so it was great to read a dedicated chronicle about them. It was an interesting mix of both a forward thinking culture and one which frightened the rest of the world with their barbarism (both real and imagined). Genghis Khan himself has a truly compelling story and the inability for the Mongols to sustain such a massive and influential empire is both a ...more
The author's co ...more
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