Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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  • Title: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
  • Author: Jack Weatherford
  • ISBN: 9780609809648
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Best Read || [Jack Weatherford], Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Best Read || [Jack Weatherford] - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civ

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Best Read || [Jack Weatherford] - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civ

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Best Read || [Jack Weatherford]
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

About “Jack Weatherford

  • Jack Weatherford

    Jack McIver Weatherford is the former DeWitt Wallace Professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota He is best known for his 2004 book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World His other books include The History of Money Indian Givers How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World and The Secret History of the Mongol Queens How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire.

322 thoughts on “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • Genghis Khan and his Mongol Horde were good news for the world Really Not convinced Consider the following 1 Genghis Khan was an advocate of human rights, specifically freedom of religion, freedom from torture and free trade he got two of the Four Freedoms right, which is pretty impressive by medieval standards, especially when they still, like, burned heretics and unbelievers in Europe and elsewhere GK forbade the use of torture in trials and as punishment He also granted religious freedom with [...]


  • Having listened a couple of years kago to the 5 Star captivating and detailed podcast by Funjokyk Dan Carlin HardCore HistroyWrath of the Khans I became fascinated with Genghis Khan and when this book came up on my recommendation feed in GoodReads I decided to revisit this period in historyThe Mongols existed during the 13th and 14th centuries and was the largest contiguous land empire in history They were experienced rulers way ahead of their time not only in in military terms but also in trade [...]


  • This is a book that can and should be read by everyone, at least all with the slightest interest in world history I feel this so adamantly since what it tells us does away with serious misconceptions about the Mongol Empire It explains in a clear and comprehensible manner how the world we live in today has been improved by Mongol practices It is stated that the book is revisionary, but I believe wholeheartedly in what we are told It is clear and thoroughly documented What we are told just plain [...]


  • This gets two stars instead of one because it s very well written Factually, however, it s abysmal.If you want a light, easy and entertaining read, you won t be disappointed If you d like to learn about Mongolian history however, I can only urge you not to read this book A better bet would be the eminently reliable, but still readable The Mongols by David Morgan.It suffers from many of the faults common to revisionist history starting out with a good point but over exaggerating to the point of [...]


  • This might be my favorite book of all time It s as fascinating as a history book or biography can get while also being a terrific read From the first page, you are immersed in understanding how an illiterate steppe warrior became ruler of an empire larger than Africa Perhaps most enticing to me are the ways in which the survival strategies of steppe nomads influenced the ethics of rulership and the cunning development of military tactics I recommend this book to anyone with a sense of curiosity, [...]


  • This is a pretty radical book, and like most revisionist history it goes a little bit overboard with it s thesis Genghis Khan wasn t a bloodthirsty barbarian, he was the greatest civilizing influence the world has ever seen, bringing peace of rule of law wherever he went In addition to the amazing personal details presented about Genghis Khan and his early life as an outcast from one of the most obscure fringe nomadic tribes of Mongolia to, well, King of the World, the book does make a fascinati [...]


  • Weatherford relates the remarkable story of Genghis Khan as told in The Secret History of the Mongols Born in 1162, Genghis Khan grew up an uneducated outcast on the Asian steppes He learned through harsh experience to be an astute judge of people, to be self reliant and to be completely ruthless He set his own traditions He valued loyalty first followed by competence Lineage and social standing did not matter He was a great organizer and quick study, taking the best ideas from each society he c [...]


  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford is both an account of the life and empire of Genghis Khan 1162 1227 and, unfortunately, a series of unsubstantiated claims about the empire s positive contributions to the world I wanted to like this book but, the I read, the I was bothered by what seem to me to be unsubstantiated and over the top claims by the author Since I know little about Asian history, I can only assume that the first part of the book is a fairly convent [...]


  • The colossus of conquerors, the one true titan A book 17 years in the making, and packed with data mostly in superlatives Hyperbole Hardly History s shrewdest tactician warrior stuns and bewilders, page after page Alexander, Ashoka, and Caesar in pure numbers pale next to Khan it s not even close Massive Mongol Moments In 25 years, the Mongol army subjugated lands and people than the Romans had conquered in 400 years In American terms, the accomplishments of Genghis Khan might be understood if [...]


  • I enjoyed this book by Weatherford on the incredible Genghis Khan I had no idea how much influence he had on the modern world the first global currency from the Mediterranean to the Pacific, the first intercontinental mail service, and a religion free state It was surprising to learn that this last principle was one which Genghis held very dear There was one fascinating episode where a group of Islamic heretical extremists called the Assassins in fact the English word assassin takes its origin f [...]


  • I never really thought history can be so much interesting What past is there behind us How did we come so far What happened during those times when there was no exposure Reading about Genghis Khan was a marvelous time spent with the book He had a very rough childhood and his father died when he was very young leaving his mother alone with his brothers to take care.Undoubtedly, he was extremely intelligent and also a military genius He used psychlogy during wars His enemies used to fear him and b [...]


  • To the Young Mongols Never forget the Mongolian scholarswho were willing to sacrifice their lives to preserve your history , , 2 , .I gave 5 stars not because I m mongolian but it WAS amazing I won t say biased things here The author explained the subject from different point of views by quoting many chronologists After all, everyone should get rid of their stereotypes that Genghis Khan was a barbarian monster murderer etc.


  • This is a very entertaining, thought provoking and well written book The relatively low rating reflects my lingering skepticism The back of the book itself calls it revisionist history and Weatherford is not a historian, but an anthropologist Although to give him his due, he was part of a team that helped translate The Secret History of the Mongols and explored the Mongolian homeland once it was no longer restricted in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Empire No doubt the image of the Mongol [...]


  • Jack Weatherford is a cultural anthropologist whose speciality is tribal peoples He has written several books I value Indian Givers , Savages and Civilization , Native Roots He brings to this one on the Mongols a knowledge and understanding of tribal cultures that in fact is rare in historians I feel Weatherford can tell you things straight historians can t, on the Mongols because of his areas of study It s true that his account of Temujin s life is an interpreted one the way fiction interprets [...]


  • THE JUST WRATH OF GODS Listening to this fascinating audio book in the gym and when walking the dog Temurlen as he s known here had a tough childhood his warrior life started with his refusal to let go of his beloved wife Borta who was kidnapped by a huge and strong tribe And he, a 19 year old boy who grew up as an outcast, hunting for rats, went on gathering support to bring her and also his mother and other women of the family back, for he felt that his chest was cut open and heart cut out of [...]


  • This book gives me a whole new perspective on 13th and 14th century world history It also helps me understand a little about the Yuan Dynasty in Chinese history e.g I learned that it was probably the outbreak of the bubonic plague that led the Mongolian rulers to become paranoid and begin to alienate and repress the Chinese population whom they believed to have been the source of the horrible pestilence.I m really glad that I found this non fiction title after having read Urgunge Onon s The Sec [...]


  • I lost interest after about 2 hours The guy s a cultural anthropologist who sat around the Mongolian steepes for five years after sailing the ocean littoral for several eating yak meat in the snow with a group of Mongolian some, self styled scholars That s very interesting, but doesn t exactly equip him to write a closely focused narrative history in semi novelistic fashion about an individual regarding whom there s not much primary evidence.The first third deals with Jackie s, I mean, Genghis [...]


  • This book was such an eye opener I did lose little parts of it to traffic concentration I have always been fascinated by Genghis Khan but this history goes from the 13th Crntury through to present times when GK sgreat family continued to try and r ulster the Great Khan s methods and principles Some expanded his legacy, others didn t do so well but all Momgols would have to be in awe of this man Recommended to all who like to delve into our past in a scholarly way.


  • Let me tell you from the very outset, Genghis Khan was not a Muslim who perpetrated various acts of violence against the people of India Further, he even failed to mount a conquest on India as he found the weather to be too hot Genghis Khan was a Mongol and a shaman who believed in the eternal blue sky Though other Mongols adopted Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, he himself stayed true to his roots, while establishing a secular state which extended from Russia to Afghanistan, from Vietnam right [...]


  • I never really studied this end of history beyond the military conquering perspective and this book had a lot to add Slow start but I m glad I stuck it out For what it s worth, I kept thinking of George Martin s Dothraki in Game of Thrones Also, my balls hurt a little when I think about riding on a wooden saddle.


  • If you choose to listen to this book as two part, 14 hour audio download from Audible, be aware that, although the author s introduction appears as the last chapter of the second part of two of the audio download, it could profitably be listened to before the rest of the book Specifically, the author s introduction explains the history of the long lost and recently recovered Secret History of the Mongols , which is then referred to without explanation in the body of the text.The author s content [...]


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  • This book was fantastic I found it randomly, and I wasn t sure what to expect It has just the right amount of detail, and the history is balanced with great storytelling I definitely recommend this for history buffs looking to branch out from the usual history of the western world.


  • This was quite interesting without being very interesting, unfortunately Theres a lot of cool bits and pieces, but they re thrown off a bit off hand The Mongols, we re told, established a common currency and universities, but how did that currency actually function, and what did those universities look like The book seems to lay out the theory, without giving any examples or going into the details What was going on in practice What was the shape of the gap Secondly, while I usually prefer histor [...]


  • NGCSU assitant professor of history Timothy May s review of Weatherford s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World makes it clear that May has made two assumptions that Weatherford sought to i write a book on history, and ii that he intended it for Western readers Many of Weatherford s actual readers may share May s assumptions, but they shouldn t It seems clear to me that Weatherford has written a work of anthropology and his intended readers to whom he dedicated the work are modern Mong [...]


  • One of the finest biographies I ve ever read Considering the subject matter an ancient culture that kept few records, which the Chinese tried their best to wipe out , it s mind boggling the level of research needed to produce such a book Further, if only half the information contained within was accurate, it would still be one of the greatest attempts to shed light on the practically forgotten works of history s mightiest conqueror Genghis Khan.Like most biographers, Weatherford clearly became e [...]


  • Weatherford s page turner is great work of popular scholarship I ve read other popular histories of Genghis Khan, and this feels far assured and less starry eyed Modern writers have a tendency which I share to get seduced by the extent of GK s conquests, the scope of his ambition, and his surprisingly modern approach to warfare, law, religion, and politics He was a genius, and he was a mass murderer Weatherford makes a compelling and measured case for his contribution to human history and civil [...]


  • This was a very depressing book It confirms my belief that for people morality is less important than if someone is on your team For Weatherford, Genghis Khan is team globalization, so the book is really a long form apologia for mass murder and conquest.Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is based on two pillars One is the idea that the Mongols created the modern ethos of free trade, one world government, religious toleration, feminism sort of , and learning The other is that by comp [...]


  • I finished reading or listening to this book today, and I enjoyed it I really didn t know much about Genghis Khan, which is why I wanted to read about him to fill in gaps in my knowledge of history I made a slight mistake by getting curious about the book shortly after I started and reading some reviews on A few were scathing and said it was full of errors Some said the author was blindly impressed by someone who was basically a murderer At first I was disappointed in having my impression of the [...]


  • This is the third book in a trilogy that all Western schoolchildren should read to put worl history in proper perspective The first is 1491 by Charles Mann about the real Americas before Columbus, the second is Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary about the history of the world from the Islamic perspective, and this is the third The Mongolian Empire gets a bad rap in the West and all because of a political accident that occurred in 1755 Voltaire was writing a play to skewer the King of France, but [...]


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