Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World


By (author) Jack Weatherford

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  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 22mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 22 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0609809644
  • ISBN 13: 9780609809648
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: b & w illustrations, maps & line drawings throughout
  • Sales rank: 8,964

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A thought-provoking re-evaluation of Genghis Khan's rise to power sheds light on the revolutionary reforms the conqueror instituted throughout his empire--including religious freedom, diplomatic immunity, and the creation of the Silk Road free-trade zone--as well as on his uniting of the East and West, which set the foundation for the nation-states

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JACK WEATHERFORD is a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is a specialist in tribal peoples and the author of "Indian Givers, Native Roots, Savages and Civilization," and "The History of Money."

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"Reads like the "Iliad." . . Part travelogue, part epic narrative." --"Washington Post ""It's hard to think of anyone else who rose from such inauspicious beginnings to something so awesome, except maybe Jesus." --"Harper's" "Weatherford's lively analysis restores the Mongol's reputation, and it takes wonderful learned detours. . . . Well written and full of suprises." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Weatherford is a fantastic storyteller. . . . ÝHis¨ portrait of Khan is drawn with sufficiently self-complicating depth. . . . Weatherford's account gives a generous view of the Mongol conqueror at his best and worst." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune"

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The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-?ve years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.