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.
In the early 13th century, Genghis Khan's armies brought conquest and then culture to the vast expanse from Asia to Europe. In this scholarly yet accessible study, historian Weatherford provides a somewhat revisionist portrait of the Mongol warrior and the world he made. Weatherford ticks off the many contributions to civilization that the Mongols shared with the world, including international paper currency, the compass, and foods such as carrots and noodles, to list just a few. But it is the trade routes through which this cultural transmission took place, as well as systems of government that valued the rule of law over rulers and religion, that are more interesting and lasting. Weatherford provides a biography of Khan's life and career, and also shows how, long after his death, Genghis Khan's legacy continued to influence the world--a world that was only later to experience the huge burst of knowledge and change known as the European Renaissance.
- Biography + Autobiography, History
- World, Historical, Asia / General
- March 22, 2005
- March 22, 2005
- Jack Weatherford