Essay on Genghis Khan And The Making Of The Modern World

1543 Words Jan 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford is a well-written account of the steppe nomad Temüjin on his journey to unify the Mongolian Steppe Nomads. In the process Temüjin, known formally as Genghis Khan, and his successors conquered much of the eastern world in a series of campaigns spanning several centuries. These campaigns left their mark, both good and bad, on the conquered lands and can be seen today in the cultures and ideas of the modern world. Weatherford’s text draws from the Prior to reading the book, I had little knowledge of Genghis Khan. I surmised that he belonged to a dynasty of sorts, inherited his position, and that was historically the greatest of many Mongol leaders. I had not heard of his barbaric reputation, but upon further research, I found the false depictions of the Mongols by European cultures. This made me susceptible to misinformation, but also made for a more interesting read since I had no foreknowledge of Genghis Khan’s life story, and each sentence was new, presumably accurate, information to me. The book was an interesting read. It starts off like an action novel with the dramatic birth of Temüjin, who would later kill his half-brother Begter, escape from imprisonment by the Tayichiud, flee to Ong Khan and the Kereyid tribe, run away from the Merkid raiders, and after several more iterations be in control of a powerful mobile empire. This action persists for the first third of the book then tapers off…

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