The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. 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.
©2005 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"With appreciative descriptions of the sometimes tender tyrant, this chronicle supplies just enough personal and world history to satisfy any reader." (Publishers Weekly)
"There is very little time for reading in my new job. But of the few books I've read, my favourite is Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. It's a fascinating book portraying Genghis Khan in a totally new light. It shows that he was a great secular leader, among other things." (Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India)
"Weatherford's admiration for Genghis and his firsthand knowledge of many of the sites important in Mongol history give this text an immediacy and a visual quality that are enhanced by Davis’s presentation. When the narrative begins to lag in its final hour or two as it moves farther from the twelfth century, Davis's crisp pace maintains the listener’s interest to the end. An informative and provocative work of popular history." (AudioFile)
One of the better history books
The most interesting part for me was the development of the Mongols trading empire after the conquests.
Very clear. At times it appeared to me to be inappropriately dramatic, but that is a small point.
A well told and enlightening version of an important part of world history. Whether fair or generous the idea of the Khans as both Barbarians and Reformers is a view worthy of serious consideration.
Not the first book by weatherford I have read and another well written illuminating one. GK truly did help lay a foundation for the modern world.
Wow. Stunning information well presented. Glad to know more of the history of civilization from the viewpoint of the east.
This is one of the best books I have listened to or read. I totally recommend it. A big departure from today's research obsessed with politics and empty interpretation of historical events
Don't settle for Netflix Marco Polo. This book really shows how the genghis khan built the modern world. An example. If the Mongols didn't occupy Baghdad , the safadi dynasty would not have emerged in Persia and Shia Iran may have not materialized or the birth of a unified China or the effects of the plague importation to Europe which ended the feudal system and paved way to nation states and then industrialization
I liked the first half the most (the part about Genghis Khan), I started listening to the last half and it seemed like all the interesting stuff was done (all the innovations introduced by Genghis), so I stopped reading. But the first half was SUPER interesting.
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