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The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan, his heirs and the founding of modern China by [Man, John]
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"Wonderful... what sets it apart is the way the tale is told. Quirky digressions and fascinating anecdotes pepper a narrative of wonderful dramatic energy." -- Gerard DeGroot The Times "Excellent and profoundly committed ... Man provides a vivid, lucid and economical picture. A worthy addition to the burgeoning popular literature on the centaurs of the steppes." -- Frank McLynn Literary Review "[Man] does a splendid job of conveying the sheer opulence and grandeur... [and tells] a rollicking good story, his historical narrative interspersed with high-spirited travel-writerly digressions. Lively and engaging." -- Justin Marozzi The Spectator "A very lively and enjoyable book." Daily Mail "One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man." Simon Sebag Montefiore

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The untold story of the world’s greatest empire and the creation of modern China

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IJZZGMK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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Really enjoyed this book. Obviously it is a huge subject and this book could simply be read as an intro into the subject. For me it gave me a grounding on what the Mongols were all about. On the back of this I will most certainly read more on this empire and its people. Highly recommend.
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I liked the book but the sheer scale and breadth of it probably means I could read it two or three times to fully absorb the detail. What an amazing man Genghis was, what an astonishing legacy and what an amazing empire.
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The Mongol Empire, by John Mann, charts the spectacular explosion of the Mongols from dis unified tribes on the plains of Mongolia, to becoming the most powerful people on earth in the space of 20 years. Within 70 years of Genghis Khan uniting his people, the Mongols became the masters of the largest empire which the world had ever seen, controlling virtually all of Asia from Korea to almost the shores of the Mediterranean and to the very walls of Moscow itself. Yet as quickly as the Empire rose, it fell just as fast, it lasted a mere 100 years in China, barely 70 years in Persia, and some 200 hundred years in Russia. Yet even for it’s briefness, it still captured the imaginations for centuries afterwards and had a profound impact on some of the places and people that it touched, most notably, the Islamic people of central Asia, where the Mongol armies left a trail of devastation and slaughter the likes of which the world had not seen before and indeed has not seen since on such a proportional scale.

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.
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Excellent read. Very well researched by John Man who obviously knows his subject.
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Easy to read with the events presented in an easy to digest way. I am thoroughly enjoying the read.
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By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2016
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The explosive spread of Islamic rule within less than a century of Muhammad’s death in 632 is well known: by 750 it extended from the Pyrenees to North-West India.

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.
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Great book, good delivery time. The book gives a personal insight into the rise of Genghis Khan.
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Well written discussion of the development of Eurasia. People and events came alive on the page.
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