Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - WikipediaLet 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. He was brutal, effective, open-minded and a dynamic leader. From inner steppes of Mongolia, a man from a small and insignificant hunting tribe would one day trounce the Germans, the Jurched dynasty of China, lay waste to the kingdom of sultan of Khwarizm through fiendish military techniques, superior technology and collective intelligence, defeating armies many times larger than his own. More than anything else, Mongols burst the bubble of European society. After reading this book, one can only glean the narrow-mindedness, self-centeredness and utter ignorance of a monolithic, Christian society — namely Europe, and how miniscule its impact was on the rest of the world in the earlier th century. Yet retrospectively, once they had ruled the very many, colonies around the world in the later-half of the millennium — they tarnished and ridiculed the advents of progress in Asia that acted as a precursor to their own industrial revolution.
Jack Weatherford speaks about Genghis Khan at Embry-Riddle Honors Series
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Who knew? The more history I read, the more astounded I get by the amount of disinformation is propagated by those who should know better. A fascinating read!! The author gives a new perspective on the era of the Khans and how they changed the world. From his perspective the Khans were responsible for every innovation since ! Maybe a little overboard Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
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It is a detailed, well-documented, well-researched look at the rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. He examines the seemingly endless ways in which the Mongols, in their empire-building, had an impact on every corner of Asia and Europe. The fault, I acknowledge, may lie with myself. The first is that Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is ostensibly a biography of Genghis Khan — and it is for its first pages. Yet, for even more of the book pages , it tells the story of what happened after he died. So, in essence, this is a book about the rise and fragmentation of the Mongol Empire. Temujin leads his people to unheard of victories.
It is a narrative of the rise and influence of Genghis Khan and his successors, and their influence on European civilization. Weatherford provides a different slant on Genghis Khan than has been typical in most Western accounts, attributing positive cultural effects to his rule. In the last section, he reviews the historiography of Genghis Khan in the West and argues that the leader's early portrayal in writings as an "excellent, noble king" changed to that of a brutal pagan during the Age of Enlightenment. In Paul Ratchnevsky wrote about the Khan's knack for forging alliances, his fairness in dividing the spoils, and his patronage of the sciences. Howorth have argued that the Mongol empire contributed to opening up intellectual interactions between China, the Middle East, and Europe.