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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

The fascinating story behind the Mongol Empire

By Jack Weatherford
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

These blinks will make you re-examine what you thought you knew about the Mongols of the twelfth century. They’ll show you why it’s unfair to imagine them as uncivilized barbarians. Indeed, the Mongol army under Genghis Khan and his descendants brought trade, civilization and order – the Mongol Empire contributed to the making of the modern world.

  • Historians interested in the construction of historical narratives
  • Global citizens interested in the roots of the modern world
  • Students of political science

Jack Weatherford is a former professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is also the author of Indian Givers, Native Roots, Savages and Civilization and The History of Money. He has now retired to Mongolia.

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