The Mongol Empire

The Mongol Empire : Its Rise and Legacy

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In his prologue to The Mongol Empire, Michael Prawdin sets the stage for the last and mightiest onslaught of the nomads upon the civilized world. He tells of the many rejoicings in Europe over the successes of the Crusaders in A.D. 1221. But little did Europe know that two decades later, the Mongol hordes organized by Genghis Khan would turn the Middle East into a heap of ruins and spread terror throughout the West.

A work of enduring scholarship and literary excellence, The Mongol Empire is a classic on the rise and fall of the world's largest empire. It describes the incredible ascent of the Mongol people, which, through the political and military genius of Genghis Khan, overwhelmed and subdued the nations of most of the world. It demonstrates the transformation of barbarous nomads into the most efficient rulers of their time and describes the crumbling of their vast empire and the assumption of its legacy by the formerly subjugated China and Russia.

Maurice Collis in Time and Tide said of The Mongol Empire: "It has the rare merit of being both scholarly and exciting.... The entire world comes on to his canvas, romantic and fantastical persons pass in our view, and at the conclusion we realize that we have seen the whole of what Marco Polo saw only in part." while The Observer commented, "it is a fine book, full of dramatic occasion well used, clear in proportions."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 582 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 41.4mm | 862g
  • AldineTransaction
  • Somerset, United States
  • English
  • 1412805198
  • 9781412805193
  • 1,652,050

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"[The Mongol Empire] has the rare merit of being both scholarly and exciting.... The entire world comes on to his canvas, romantic and fantastical persons pass in our view, and at the conclusion we realize that we have seen the whole of what Marco Polo saw only in part."

--Maurice Collis, Time and Tide "[The Mongol Empire] has the rare merit of being both scholarly and exciting.... The entire world comes on to his canvas, romantic and fantastical persons pass in our view, and at the conclusion we realize that we have seen the whole of what Marco Polo saw only in part."

--Maurice Collis, Time and Tide -[The Mongol Empire] has the rare merit of being both scholarly and exciting.... The entire world comes on to his canvas, romantic and fantastical persons pass in our view, and at the conclusion we realize that we have seen the whole of what Marco Polo saw only in part.-

--Maurice Collis, Time and Tide
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About Michael Prawdin

Michael Prawdin was born in the Ukraine in 1884. He studied in Germany and was a literary critic. His many books include Gengis Kan - El Conquistador de Asia, Marie de Rohan, Duchesse de Chevreuse. Gerard Chaliand is professor, Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), Paris, professor, College Interarmee de Defense, Paris, and director of The European Center for the Study of Conflicts, Paris. He is a world-renowned specialist of conflicts, strategic problems, guerrillas and terrorism. Among his publications are Nomadic Empires: From Mongolia to the Danube (available from Transaction), and The Penguin Atlas of Diasporas.
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