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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (original 2004; udgave 2004)

af Jack Weatherford

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A re-evaluation of Genghis Khan's rise to power examines the reforms the conqueror instituted throughout his empire and his uniting of East and West, which set the foundation for the nation-states and economic systems of the modern era.
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Titel:Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Forfattere:Jack Weatherford
Info:Crown (2004), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World af Jack Weatherford (2004)

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Although mildly hyperbolic in a few places, this is a fascinating, highly readable and eye opening account of how, in the span of his lifetime, he was able to create an empire that extended from China to Russia and the Middle East. The book may be a bit too generous in attributing the "discovery" of many of the major technology advances of his era to Genghis Kahn, there is no doubt that Kahn was quick to recognize, exploit and spread them throughout the breadth of his empire.

Excellent overview of the book:
https://www.diplomacy.edu/resources/books/reviews/genghis-khan-and-making-modern... ( )
  lfiering | Apr 16, 2021 |
For centuries, people saw Genghis Khan as merely a blood-thirsty conquerer. Perhaps the most important reason we have seen Genghis in this light is due to his own propaganda. “Terror, he realized, was best spread not by the acts of warriors, but by the pens of scribes and scholars.”

This book attempts to counter that image of the Khans and the Mongol Empire, and shows all the great things they did that lay the foundation for the modern world: religious tolerance, paper currency, a postal system, etc.

The book was a little too “this happened then this happened then that happened” for me to really enjoy it, but the information it contained was fascinating. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
In most respects, this is a wonderfully surprising assessment of the founding, history, and impact of the Mongolian Empire! It's already one of my favorite popular history books!

The history presented in this book is 5-star interesting but the writing itself was a bit disappointing. Strangely repetitive and somewhat more simplistic than I expected. But this is a stylistic quibble, and it's the content that matters.

As for content, the author succumbs to the historical fallacy of ascribing modern sensibilities to historical figures (a phenomenon that's been unfortunately common in much historical literature for the past couple of decades). Yes, many of the principles on which Genghis Khan founded his empire were radical for his time and weren't seen again until the 20th century - but to call him a "modern man" (which the author does) is simply ridiculous. Like everyone, he could only be a man of his time. It would be just as accurate to say that our modern ideas are throw-backs to the 13th century ideals of Genghis Khan.

I also believe that in his zeal to prove the historical importance of Genghis Khan's influence, the author over-credits the Mongolian Empire with fueling the European Renaissance. Yes, it certainly wielded a huge influence, and the Renaissance probably wouldn't have been possible without the system of global economic and intellectual exchange built and maintained by the Mongols... but the most direct and proximal cause of the Renaissance was the rediscovery of lost classical Greek and Roman texts kept in the Arab Middle East. The Mongolian Empire may have created an environment sympathetic to a cultural rebirth but it was the Arab world that gave Europe it's direct catalyst. I think the author tries too hard to demean that part of it in favor of his personal obsession with Genghis Khan. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
the positive side of genocide ( )
  farrhon | Jul 28, 2020 |
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  the_lirazel | Apr 6, 2020 |
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