It is a mistake we learn in our schools when we are taught history through memorizing dates in a linear fashion. History is alive, it is complex and there are always small events leading up to a big episode. Professor Weatherford’s book builds a fascinating story around the many achievements of Genghis Kahn, as well as his military genius and leadership skills.
Ihave never appreciated the genius which was Genghis Kahn, always portrayed as a brute in pop culture and by his enemies. Uniting nomad tribes to form a strong Mongolia, organizing armies, creating a working bureaucracy, beginning the concept of diplomatic immunity, understanding economical achievements and even legislating laws which he must also obey (something I cannot say for today’s leaders) are part of his little known heritage.
“Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” is a wonderful narrative which tackles a complex subject tactfully and with great skill.
My rating for Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World – 5
Zohar – Man of La Book