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Who Was Genghis Khan

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Named Temujin at birth by his nomadic family in early Mongolia, the great Genghis Khan used his skill and cunning to create the Mongol Empire and conquer almost the entire continent of Asia. As ruler of the largest empire in human history, he was as respected as he was feared. Learn more about the man and the legend in Who Was Genghis Khan?

Genghis Khan

Author : John Man
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Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals, alive in memory as a scourge, hero, military genius and demi-god. To Muslims, Russians and westerners, he is a murderer of millions, a brutal oppressor. Yet in his homeland of Mongolia he is the revered father of the nation, and the Chinese honor him as the founder of a dynasty. In his so-called Mausoleum in Inner Mongolia, worshippers seek the blessing of his spirit. In a supreme paradox, the world's most ruthless conqueror has become a force for peace and reconciliation. As a teenager, Genghis was a fugitive, hiding from enemies on a remote mountainside. Yet he went on to found the world's greatest land empire and change the course of world history. Brilliant and original as well as ruthless, he ruled an empire twice the size of Rome's until his death in 1227 placed all at risk. To secure his conquests and then extend them, his heirs kept his death a secret, and secrecy has surrounded him ever since. His undiscovered grave, with its imagined treasures, remains the subject of intrigue and speculation. This is more than just a gripping account of Genghis' rise and conquests. John Man uses first-hand experiences in China and Mongolia to reveal the khan's enduring influence. He has traveled the length of the empire. He spotlights the tension between Mongols and Chinese, who both claim Genghis' spirit. He is the first writer to explore the hidden valley where Genghis is believed to have died, and one of the few westerners to climb the mountain where he was likely buried. This stunning narrative paints a vivid picture of the man himself, the places where he lived and fought, and the passions that surround him still. For in legend, ritual and intense controversy, Genghis lives on.

The Mongol Empire

Author : John Man
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Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to create a nation and then an empire that ran across much of Asia. Under his grandson, Kublai Khan, the vision evolved into a more complex religious ideology, justifying further expansion. Kublai doubled the empire's size until, in the late 13th century, he and the rest of Genghis’s ‘Golden Family’ controlled one fifth of the inhabited world. Along the way, he conquered all China, gave the nation the borders it has today, and then, finally, discovered the limits to growth. Genghis's dream of world rule turned out to be a fantasy. And yet, in terms of the sheer scale of the conquests, never has a vision and the character of one man had such an effect on the world. Charting the evolution of this vision, John Man provides a unique account of the Mongol Empire, from young Genghis to old Kublai, from a rejected teenager to the world’s most powerful emperor.

Genghis Khan

Author : Paul Ratchnevsky
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Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire, the largest continuous land empire ever. On his death in 1227, this extended from the Near East to the Yellow Sea, and was expanded by his successors to include what is now Iran, Iraq and southern Russia. By 1206, Genghis Khan had completed the unification by conquest of all the tribes of Mongolia, and was acclaimed as universal Khan. He then launched his assault on Northern China. Peking was captured in 1215, and the Chin were finally subjugated by Genghis's successors in 1234. This is the definitive biography.

Ruler of the Sky

Author : Pamela Sargent
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A novel of the thirteenth-century Mongolian warrior, and the women who surrounded him, that offers “a panoramic view of the charismatic leader” (Library Journal). In 1167, in the harsh homeland of Mongol tribes, a child was born who was to change the course of human history. His father named him Temujin, but the world knows him as Genghis Khan. Set amid the barbaric splendor of the Mongol hordes, Ruler of the Sky tells the tale of the warrior who forged one of the greatest and most terrifying armies the world had ever seen, and conquered the world from Peking to Persia. Not only is this the story of Genghis Khan, it is also the story of those who were closest to him, especially the women who played such an important role in his life. From the windswept plains of Mongolia to the opulence of the Chinese court, Ruler of the Sky is unforgettable.

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire

Author : Don Nardo
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Genghis Khan was a warrior and ruler of genius who, in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, brought the nomadic tribes of Mongolia together under his rule and then turned his attention beyond his borders. This volume chronicles the history of the ancient people of the steppes, the rise of Genghis Khan and reforms under his rule, his conquests in northern China and Western Asia, and the history of the Mongol people after Genghis Khan.

Genghis Khan and the Mongol War Machine

Author : Chris Peers
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The military might, tactics, and philosophy of Khan is explored in this “fine read” and “useful source for Mongolian . . . and medieval studies in general” (De Re Militari). As a soldier, general, statesman, and empire-builder, Genghis Khan is a near-mythical figure. His remarkable achievements and his ruthless methods have given rise to a monstrous reputation. But who was the man behind the legend? As historian Chris Peers shows in this concise and authoritative study, Genghis Khan possessed exceptional gifts as a leader and manager of men—ranking among the greatest military commanders in history. But he can only be properly understood in terms of the Mongol society and traditions he was born into. Here, the leader’s world is explored—from the military and cultural background of the Mongols, to the nature of steppe societies and their armies, and their relation to other peoples and cultures. The book also looks in detail at the military skills, tactics, and ethos of the Mongol soldiers, and at the advantages and disadvantages they had in combat with the soldiers of other civilizations. For anyone who wants to go beyond the myth of the man who almost conquered the world and learn the real life story behind it, this comprehensive study offers a fascinating perspective on Genghis Khan as a man and a general, and on the armies he led.

Genghis Khan

Author : Frank McLynn
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Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, whose empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan? His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo and possessed an unparallelled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose. Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin’s rise from boyhood outcast to become Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire

Author : Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Mongolia : heartland of Asia / James Bosson -- Mongolia : ancient hearth of Central Asia / Steven B. Young -- Tree rings, climate history, and Genghis Khan / Gordon C. Jacoby -- Masters of the steppe : peoples of Mongolia / David Sneath -- Mongolian shamanism : the mosaic of performed memory / Manduhai Buyandelger -- Sounds from nature : music of the Mongols / Peter K. Marsh -- Precursor to empire : early cultures and prehistoric peoples / William Honeychurch, William W. Fitzhugh, and Chunag Amartuvshin -- Empire building before the Mongols : legacies of the Turks and Uyghurs / Jonathan K. Skaff and William Honeychurch -- Genghis Khan emerges : power and polity on the steppe / Isenbike Togan -- Genghis Khan / Morris Rossabi -- Mongol women / Morris Rossabi -- "All the Khan's horses " / Morris Rossabi -- Introduction to "The secret history of the Mongols" / Paul Kahn -- Rule by divine right / Shagdaryn Bira -- Ancient cities of the steppe / J. Daniel Rogers -- Searching for Genghis : excavations of the ruins at Avraga / Noriyuki Shiraishi -- The crossroads in Khara Khorum : excavations at the center of the Mongol empire / Ulambayar Erdenebat and Ernst Pohl -- The search for Khara Khorum and the palace of the Great Khan / Hans-Georg Hüttel -- John of Plano Carpini and William of Rubruck / David Morgan -- Xi Xia : the first Mongol conquest / Ruth W. Dunnell -- The Mongolian western empire / David Morgan -- Rashid al-Din / David Morgan -- The Golden Horde and Russia / Daniel C. Waugh -- Conquerors and craftsmen : archaeology of the Golden Horde / Mark G. Kramarovsky -- The Mongols at war / Timothy May -- The vision in the dream : Kublai Khan and the conquest of China / Morris Rossabi -- Emissaries, East and West : Rabban Sauma and Marco Polo / Morris Rossabi -- Ibn Battuta / Ross E. Dunn -- The Yuan synthesis : Chinese influence on the Mongol culture (1271-1368) / François Louis -- Chinese influence on Iranian art in the Mongol empire / Willem J. Vogelsang -- A marriage of convenience : Goryeo-Mongol relations in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries / George L. Kallander -- The lost fleet of Kublai Khan : Mongol invasions of Japan / James P. Delgado, Randall J. Sasaki and Kenzo Hayashida -- Forensics in the Gobi : the mummies of Hets Mountain Cave / Bruno Frohlich [und weitere] -- Cave burials of Mongolia / Ulambayar Erdenebat -- Mongolia from empire to republic, 1400 to 1921 / Pamela K. Crossley -- Buddhism in Mongolia / Shagdaryn Bira -- Genetic legacy of Genghis Khan / Theodore G. Schurr -- I conquer like a barbarian! : Genghis Khan in the western popular imagination / Peter K. Marsh and Myagmar Saruul-Erdene -- Today's Genghis Khan : from hero to outcast to hero again / Nomin Lkhagvasuren

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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New York Times Bestseller • The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote corner of the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age. 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.