Essay on Genghis Khan And The Making Of The Modern World

948 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
In Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Weatherford explains Genghis Khan’s rise to power, the conquests he made throughout his lifetime, and the legacy he created, which surged the world into the modern era. Weatherford argues that the creation of the society and the world as we know it was due to the work of this one man, Genghis Khan. Weatherford brings to light the previously unknown history of Genghis Khan’s life that led him to great success in creating an empire, which spanned over 11 million square miles in Asia and Europe. He seeks to disprove the modern belief that Genghis Khan was a bloodthirsty barbarian “who enjoyed destruction for its own sake” (xxvi). Weatherford uses his book as an exposé on the life of Genghis Khan, arguing that he is responsible for the creation of the modern world that it now is. (xviii, xxiii xxvi). Weatherford paints the picture of Genghis Khan’s triumph by drawing from many different accounts of the history, but the account he most often uses is the Secret History of the Mongols. This document is an original Mongol document, revealing the true history of their time. Weatherford goes through this history chronologically, describing Genghis Khan’s story from the beginning of his life to the drastic development of the empire that continued after his death. Weatherford traveled to Mongolia, the starting point of Genghis Khan’s empire, in attempts to discover more about the man who is responsible for the…

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