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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

by Jack Weatherford

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.

From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

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Categories: Biographies & MemoirsHistory

Reading time: 1011 hours


Lisa Ling
American journalist, television presenter, and author

The book that I have gifted the most often, you would not expect this of me, but it’s called Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. The reason I love that book so much, well because I think that history has portrayed Genghis Khan is the ultimate raper, and pillager of the universe, but what people don’t realize is that his Mongol army, I mean, he was one of the world’s great democratizers, and that the only way the Mongol army was able to take control of most of the world in 25 years, it took the Mongols 25 years to conquer the amount of territory that it took the Romans to conquer in 250 years, was that the Mongol army would go in, they would take out the aristocracy, and give the lowest level citizen, the slaves in some cases, an opportunity to rise up within his army.