May on Weatherford, 'Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World' | H-World | H-NetWho knew? The more history I read, the more astounded I get by the amount of disinformation is propagated by those who should know better. A fascinating read!! The author gives a new perspective on the era of the Khans and how they changed the world. From his perspective the Khans were responsible for every innovation since ! Maybe a little overboard
Book review: “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford
Jack Weatherford. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. New York: Crown Publishers, The name of Genghis Khan is often associated with destruction, although the image of Genghis Khan has been rehabilitated somewhat in the west. The western world, saturated in media distortion and a reluctance to accept changes in perceptions of history, has been rather averse in accepting Genghis Khan's activities as pivotal in world history and the shaping of the modern world. Thus, the publication of Jack Weatherford's book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World , is a welcome addition to the literature on the Mongols. The author, Jack Weatherford, the Dewitt Wallace Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College, has written several books targeted for the non-academic world and writes in a very engaging style.
Look Inside. Mar 22, ISBN 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. A specialist… More about Jack Weatherford.
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. Furthermore, he even failed to mount a conquest on India as he found the weather to be too hot. He was brutal, effective, open-minded and a dynamic leader. From inner steppes of Mongolia, a man from a small and insignificant hunting tribe would one day trounce the Germans, the Jurched dynasty of China, lay waste to the kingdom of sultan of Khwarizm through fiendish military techniques, superior technology and collective intelligence, defeating armies many times larger than his own. More than anything else, Mongols burst the bubble of European society. After reading this book, one can only glean the narrow-mindedness, self-centeredness and utter ignorance of a monolithic, Christian society — namely Europe, and how miniscule its impact was on the rest of the world in the earlier th century.