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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World: A Retrospective

By Jack Wilson

Jack Weatherford’s 2004 book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World quickly became one of the top-selling works on Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire. The book sets out to a mighty task: offering a reevaluation of the Mongol imperial founder. Let’s take a look at whether this book was successful at this goal. 

Challenging the notion of Chinggis Khan as a mindless, bloodthirsty brute, Weatherford sought a more nuanced picture, of a more farsighted man seeking stability for himself and his people. Rather than the Mongol Empire ushering in only bloodshed and chaos, Weatherford demonstrates that the empire had significant consequences for the history of the world. Washing away the medieval order, Weatherford argues, the Mongol Empire brought in an epoch of free trade, transfer of ideas and religious tolerance which became the foundation for the world today. Weatherford advanced his ideas in later works, namely The…

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