Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This has been a very enjoyable reading. On one hand, the biographical details of Genghis Khan and his successors which are interesting to follow. On the other hand, description of broad implications of Mongols' conquest for the Eurasian history.
There are definitely plenty of things most of the readers would find enlightening, when reading this book. Novel warfare tactics and good leadership lessons, importance of commerce and cultural/religious tolerance, family intrigues and fight for power.
The only thing I did not find necessary were numerous didactic reminders of how little appreciated the true Mongols' history has been and how great was Mongol empire compared to Middle Age Europe.
And well... the book describes destruction of many historical relics from the Great Mongol Empire by Communist Soviets - why am I not surprised?..