The Conquests of Genghis Khan
Twenty-First Century Books, 2008年1月1日 - 160 頁
Can one man really change the world? If that man is Genghis Khan, the answer is yes. Born around 1161, Temujin, as he was named, grew up in humble surroundings. As a teenager, he fled from enemy raiders, but he became a fearless—and feared—man who commanded an army of thousands and an empire of millions. In fact, by the mid-1200s Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire included much of the known world. Though he was responsible for the deaths of millions, he also showed tolerance for religious and cultural differences among the many peoples he conquered, and he brought stability and unification to a vast area where it had never before existed. Even today, the name Genghis Khan continues to instill fear in some and admiration in others. His election as Great Khan in approximately 1190 is surely one of history’s most pivotal moments.
It is almost impossible to exaggerate how important horses are in Mongol life, culture, and warfare. And they have held this exalted position for many centuries. In Asia the animals were first domesticated sometime around 4000 B.C. By ...
The outer walls were made of a latticelike structure, held together with twine made from animal hair. Slender poles, often made of willow, formed a cone-shaped roof on top of the lattice. Heavy felt cloth made from sheep's wool covered ...
A wide sashlike belt was wrapped around the waist, which not only held the del in place but also offered back support during long journeys on horseback. Summer dels were generally made of light woolen felt, while those worn in ...
Tradition held that a Mongol leader remained in his position only so long as he fulfilled his duties well and commanded his people's respect. If and when he failed to live up to these expectations, his followers had the right to replace ...
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Chapter Two Struggles On The Steppes
Chapter Three Forging A Mongol Nation
Chapter Four The Foundations Of An Empire
Chapter Five Storming The Gates Of Cathay
Chapter Six A Wave Crashing Westward
Epilogue In The Great Khans Wake
Primary Source Research
Further Reading And Websites
About The AuthorPhoto Acknowledgments