World History Ap
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Genghis Khan was a very extraordinary man. When the average person hears his name they often think he was a warlord or a shameless killer but the main thesis is to show the modern contribution he made to today’s society and warfare. He introduced many war tactics that are still used today in modern wars. Instead of a battle line, he used covert ways to get his men into city walls, so no one was alarmed until it was to late. He also collect many different weapons from other regions and created many early forms of weapons that are use today. Although he was swift, cunning and ruthless, he set a state of unity among the areas and cities that he took over.
The book is a bit bias as a whole; It only speaks of all the great features of Genghis Khans reign and left out some of the really bad aspects. So I feel the author was bias in favor of Genghis Khan and his accomplishments. I think now that Genghis Khan was more justifiable than power thirsty. The events that happen can be seen as a need for greed, however the way the story was written I began to see it as a way to bring Harmony and trade among the Empire.
The main time period in the book is from 1200’s to the mid 1220’s, which is when the Mongols ruled. There is other sub time periods from the 1160’s to the 1190’s, which was his childhood and life until his reign. There are other dates after his death leading up to modern day. Many of the events that happened then have a drastic impact on modern life. The biggest is when the Mongols had a vast empire; though they do not still have the land, they expanded their little region into the country we know today as Mongolia.
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Yes I feel that the book discusses the topic a lot in the story but not as much as I would have hoped. Every event is written with such detail that I cannot help but to agree with the topic at hand. That Genghis Khan and everything he did still has a impact in modern day life. The Mongol Empire furthermore helped better the world after he died and many of the things they did influenced modern life.
This book is described in great detail. It states many cultural facts and customs of the regions and countries. The writing describes the process of warfare and states facts of the forming of Temujin from a unfortunate boy to a great Khan. It described all the events after his death and how he helped to unify many countries. I think the story is written with such great detail to paint a picture of the events that happened and to help the reader better understand the time period. To also help the reader understand what life was like then and how many customs are different from today.
I believe that the book is written for people who are studying the life and accomplishments of Genghis Khan. Also to learn the origin for many inventions such as gunpowder, paper and printing press, massive cargo ships and the compass. There is very detailed information on his life and everything in so it is a great informational guide to learn more about the events that have happened. Towards the end the book states many of the inventions the Mongol Empire help create or discover.
Jack Weatherford reefers to passages from The Secret History of the Mongols as references to Temujin’s past and his journey. He also uses many books about Genghis Khan’s legacy and many accomplishments. I do believe these are excellent and accurate sources because The Secret History of the Mongols was written after Genghis Khan’s death so the writing would most likely be fresh and untainted. Other books about Genghis khan’s legacy were loosely base on The Secret History and other known facts of his conquests.
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There are many references to political, intellectual, technological and economic aspects in the book. There are quite a few political references in the book, such as leaders of cities and the climb to the top of the Empire. The spread of knowledge and tactics were immense through out the book and the time period. The technology and the weapons he used in battle were very advanced and powerful for that era. Though the Mongols kept the money from cities, many of their profits came from trade of goods. They also lowered taxes to the people living within the empire.
There are dates through out the book to help the reader follow the progression of the story and its many trials. They are somewhat used to help the authors point partly because they show the dates of inventions and help set a timeline of events.
There are two maps in the book, one shows modern Mongolia and then the Mongol homeland in the 1200’s. The other shows the Mongol Empire in 1260’s and Modern Mongolia. I find that these maps are very helpful, especially the Mongol Empire because it was hard to grasp how much land they had taken over. There is a few drawings but I cannot really tell what they are or what they mean so I do not find them helpful. Also there is a chart at the beginning of the book of the Royal Family of the Great Mongol Empire and that shows you Genghis Khans airs to the empire.
The book does state that Genghis Khan was a war organizer and a killer. This is somewhat true but it also states that he was trying to make peace and end the constant war between surrounding regions and countries. In his twenty-one year reign he spread knowledge, leadership, and economic balance to part of the world. This book changed the way I thought about Genghis Khan from a coldblooded killer to a great leader. I did like how the book was written in such detail that it was an easy read and I was very informed. However I would have liked to know more about what happened after he died. I would also have like to know more facts about the Mongol Empire and everyday life within it.