Weatherford: Genghis Khan and the Making of a Modern World

Weatherford: Genghis Khan and the Making of a Modern World

Ch. 1: The Blood Clot

In chapter one concern of how the Empire rose to power and their unification. He explains how Mongols used warfare to gain victory. He makes the readers understand that topography and the ecology of Mongolia contributed to Mongol Empire being dominant.  In this part, he also provides a description of the various aspects of the nomadic culture.

Ch. 2: Tale of Three Rivers

In the second part, his concern was to portray the expansion of the Empire.

Ch. 3: War of the Khans

In the third part of the book, he focuses on the Global Awakening, Weatherford describes the rule of Genghis Khan’s grandson that brought more changes to the Empire; it extended to the furthest reaches as much as it was under a divided kingdom.  The division caused destruction to the global economy.

Ch. 4: Spitting on the Golden Khan

In chapter four, spitting on the Golden Khan he explains how the Empire led its army into China, Middle East and Europe.

Ch. 5: Sultan versus Khan

In Sultan versus Khan, he explains the rationale that exists between every invasion to the Mongol land provides political background responsible for every event that occurs.

Ch. 6: The Discovery and Conquest of Europe

Weatherford uses three major non-western uses to come up with his work; the secret history of the Mongols, the tarikhi-jahan-gusha of Juvayni and the Jami al-Tawarikh of Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (Weatherford 133).

Ch. 7: Warring Queens

In chapter 7, the discovery and conquest of Europe, he explains how Mongols managed to capture European prisoners to be slaves.

Ch. 8: Khubilai Khan and the New Mongol Empire

The main point about this book is to express in human terms about the medieval history of the Mongols. He successfully covers an attempt to assimilate the appearance of Genghis Khan in a much more optimistic way than how much he could be labelled in the Western historiography.

Ch. 9: Their Golden Light

Weatherford in his book relates with the history of Islamic civilization since he describes the rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that Mongols unleashed in a brilliant way.

Ch. 10: The Empire of Illusion

In the last chapter, Empire of Illusion, the Empire tarnished its image amongst the people from the West, and that is how Europeans gained a growing sense hence Europe became superior and dominant (Weatherford 241).



Works Cited

Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004.


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