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The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan, his heirs and the founding of modern China Kindle Edition
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The book is broken into four parts, looking at Genghis from birth until death, then the interim period under Genghis third son and successor, Ogedei. We then look at the Mongol Empire under Mongke and then his brother Kublai where the Empire was at it’s largest extent, but also was when it became fragmented under the various different family members. The final part deals with the collapse of the Mongols in the various lands they had conquered and looks at various other points such as where Genghis is buried and the impact the Mongols had on the lands they ruled.
The author’s passion for the subject shines through and he writes with the general reader in mind, making this an accessible work for those who have no real background in the subject.Read more ›
But this was as nothing compared with the expansion of the Mongol Empire from the birth of Ghengiz Khan in 1162 to the death of Kublai Khan in 1294: it included what is today most of Ukraine, the Russian steppes, the Caucasus, Eastern Turkey, Eastern Syria, Eastern Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyizstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Western Pakistan, Mongolia, North Korea – and the whole China, and with the Baltic states and Northern Russia being tributaries. Mongol raiders had also ravaged Georgia, Southern Ukraine and the Volga Basin between 1221 and 1223, and Poland, Hungary, parts of Austria and Bulgaria between 1236 and 1242.
The conquests of Islam had involved little, if any, deliberate killing off the battlefields. By contrast, the slaughter by the Mongols, the extent of their plunder and the destruction they wrought on any cities that had resisted them were horrendous and quite unparalleled in history. The only positive feature of their rule was religious toleration.
While the general impression is fairly easy to grasp, the book is difficult to read because of its sheer complexity. And it is impossible to follow the text – especially, but not exclusively, about campaigns – because there is a quite scandalous absence on the just four maps of many places named in it. (Maps on the internet or in the Times Atlas of World History are not of much help either.) This absence is the reason for my giving the book a three-star instead of a four-star rating.
The story begins with the life of Genghiz.Read more ›
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Easy to read and very informative. A good starting place for anyone wishing to.venture into the Mongol empire and its leaders.Published 3 months ago by FAH
I've red many of Man's books, I find them informative and easy to follow with enough historical depth for my level of interest.Published 5 months ago by M. Jordon
Really good read, I didn't know much about the mongols (who does?) but this explains it well without being heavy - spins a good yarnPublished 8 months ago
Just started reading and already looks good, as all John man books.Published 8 months ago by andrew
This was a interesting book about a subject which I knew very little about. Occasionally there were themes that were hard to follow but their explanation would have demanded many... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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