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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
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it was amazing

Achievements of Genghis Khan and his kin.

- Freedom of religion in his empire. Its interesting how many of the wives and sons and advisors were Christian, Muslim or Mongol religion.
- No torture. Not saying their complete annihilation of cities was a boon but it was interesting that Genghis Khan himself did not want torture.
- Effective use of propaganda to make enemies give up before there was even a battle. Most of what we hear about Mongols ruthless destruction was largely due to this propaganda which allowed easy wins by intimidating the enemy.
- Effective distribution of wealth to his soldiers. He even distributed a share of wealth from raids to his soldiers that died and their family.
- Effective organization of an entire society based on groups of 10.
- Effectively used the strengths of different groups to create a greater whole. Siege machines, gunpowder from China, German miners, Turkish administrators. They were really effective at putting the intelligentsia to use.
- The silk road which became a major trading route between the East and West. The trade also lead to the Renascence.
- Genghis Khan himself came from poverty and created the biggest empire.

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Jack Weatherford
“Under the chivalrous rules of warfare as practiced in Europe and the Middle East during the Crusades, enemy aristocrats displayed superficial, and often pompous, respect for one another while freely slaughtering common soldiers. Rather than kill their aristocratic enemy on the battlefield, they preferred to capture him as a hostage whom they could ransom back to his family or country. The Mongols did not share this code. To the contrary, they sought to kill all the aristocrats as quickly as possible in order to prevent future wars against them, and Genghis Khan never accepted enemy aristocrats into his army and rarely into his service in any capacity.”
Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford
“Although the army of Genghis Khan killed at an unprecedented rate and used death almost as a matter of policy and certainly as a calculated means of creating terror, they deviated from standard practices of the time in an important and surprising way. The Mongols did not torture, mutilate, or maim.”
Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Reading Progress

June 28, 2010 – Shelved
October 21, 2015 – Started Reading
October 21, 2015 –
December 3, 2015 –
December 9, 2015 – Finished Reading

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