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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the main Mongol conquest
This book is like most Osprey Essential histories book; it covers the main ideas very well, in this case the Mongol conquest. The book is more of a summary rather than an in depth looks at the subject, which would require a massive book. The conquest by the Mongols, of certain areas are not covered as much as other areas. For instance the Mongol conquest of Persia is...
Published on 19 Dec. 2003 by Firoz Ullah

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2.0 out of 5 stars The title is very misleading!
There are excellent books on Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and one on Tamerlane, but this is the only book I know of that takes the 200 years of Mongol expansion and warfare and puts them in one book.

Well that's what I thought until I read it and realised that what the book ACTUALLY does is spend virtually all its time on Genghis down to Kublai and then summarises...
Published on 14 Aug. 2008 by J. Duducu


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The title is very misleading!, 14 Aug. 2008
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J. Duducu (Ruislip) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Essential Histories) (Paperback)
There are excellent books on Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and one on Tamerlane, but this is the only book I know of that takes the 200 years of Mongol expansion and warfare and puts them in one book.

Well that's what I thought until I read it and realised that what the book ACTUALLY does is spend virtually all its time on Genghis down to Kublai and then summarises the next 100 years of Mongol history in...3 pages. Tamerlane is basically swept under the carpet and excused from the book as being Turkic rather than Mongol- a dubious excuse as most of the invading "Mongols" against Japan were either Chinese or Korean. So had I known that it's actually the Mongols 1190 to 1300 I probably wouldn't have bought it because plenty of books cover the Genghis Khan dynasty.

The book opens with a simple example of a tomb in Poland and a drawing in Japan both showing Mongol invaders and that pretty much sums things up. Some people who don't know their history say that Russia has never been conquered and that Afghanistan has withstood all invasions, the Mongols were able to achieve both and so much more.

The book itself is well written and has lots of maps- vital considering the sheer scale of conquests being described here. There are also lots of photos (although some aren't professionally taken- which you can tell- and others are black and white for no explicable reason) which make the whole read more lively.

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Baring in mind the title it has been published under it's a very thin book and could have easily been double the length and it still would have only been about 200 pages. This would have given the second half (less well known half) of Mongol/nomad battling history the same coverage as the first half. Overall it's a well written introduction to the devil's horsemen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the main Mongol conquest, 19 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Essential Histories) (Paperback)
This book is like most Osprey Essential histories book; it covers the main ideas very well, in this case the Mongol conquest. The book is more of a summary rather than an in depth looks at the subject, which would require a massive book. The conquest by the Mongols, of certain areas are not covered as much as other areas. For instance the Mongol conquest of Persia is briefly covered while the conquest of China/Korea is more detailed.
The problem with books concerning the Mongols is that, most of the sources are from people who were terrorized by the Mongols; therefore the books written about them reflect this point.
I'd recommend the book if you want a concise but succinct look on the Mongol conquest.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect source for background knowledge, 28 July 2006
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This review is from: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Essential Histories) (Paperback)
This book does not overwhelm. It puts things plainly but in a way that is interesting and provides enough depth to keep you reading without the need to look at other books for reference, for an introduction to this subject look no further
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indelible Impressions, 4 Aug. 2008
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Regardless of why you happen to be interested in Mongol warriors, Stephen Turnbull's two books, Genghis Kahn & the Mongol Conquests and Mongol Warrior, truly supply the essentials. Written with skill and enthusiasm, both volumes give you the sensation of viewing warrior's lives from several critical perspectives, including the all-important Mongol perspective. Though necessary overlap makes these two books read like fraternal twins, to read one without reading the other will be missing something tangible and important. For example, photographs in Genghis Kahn & the Mongol Conquests give a realistic sense of geography and history. Yet Reynold's greater than life drawings of the Mongol Warrior's logical support system leaves a valuable and indelible impression. Finally, the amount of information contained in volumes under a hundred pages is indeed remarkable.

William S. Dockens III
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Sept. 2014
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brilliant
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a super book, 11 Nov. 2007
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B. O'Brien (russia moscow) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Essential Histories) (Paperback)
a book wich explaining about a boy of the mongol tribe
whou by uniting all the mongol tribes with his generals such as subodai'badur
and sartaq and his sons provoked a world war.starting with the chinese
and ending with the persian campaigne it is the best book about genghis
khan i have seen. by all means if you are interested in the subject
i recomend you to bye it.
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