Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy

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Paul Ratchnevsky draws upon Mongol, Chinese, Persian and European sources to provide a penetrating, balanced and readable account of the life of one of the greatest conquerers in world history. He begins with Genghis Khan's youth in the harsh environment of the 12th-century steppe, and describes his rise to power as a young nomad warrior. The author shows how although Genghis was at times as merciless as his reputation suggests, he could also be magnanimous and just. He promoted his followers on merit alone and was even-handed in his distribution of favours. The author considers Mongol administration, military organization, legislation and religious policy. The book ends with an assessment of the legacy and achievements of this extraordinary historical figure, who turned a small, poor and backward nation into the conquerer of the most powerful and civilized state in Asia.

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Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire, the largest continuous land empire ever. On his death in 1227, this extended from the Near East to the Yellow Sea, and was expanded by his successors to include what is now Iran, Iraq and southern Russia. By 1206, Genghis Khan had completed the unification by conquest of all the tribes of Mongolia, and was acclaimed as universal Khan. He then launched his assault on Northern China. Peking was captured in 1215, and the Chin were finally subjugated by Genghis's successors in 1234. This is the definitive biography.

About the Author:

Paul Ratchnevsky was Emeritus Professor of Sinology at Humboldt University in Berlin, and best known for his three-volume work Un Code des Yuan.

Thomas Nivison Haining CMG served for over 30 years in the diplomatic service, including as Ambassador to Mongolia. He is currently an honorary Research Associate in History at the University of Aberdeen.


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Morris Rossabi is Professor of History at the City University of New York and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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