Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
... CO NTE NTS ' CHAPTER ONE VENICE, ISLAND CIT)I OF. Acknowledgments: The author thanks Morris Rossabi, professor of Asian History at Columbia University and author of many books on Mongolia and Kublai Khan. Copyright Information.
He was the Mongol leader Temujin, who in 1206 united the nomadic tribes of what is now Mongolia and took the title Genghis Khan (Very Mighty Lord). He then embarked on a series of conquests from central Asia to northern China.
Had not Ogodei died in December 1241, the Mongols might have overrun all of Europe. Instead, when news arrived of Ogodei's death, the Mongol leaders with- drew to Mongolia to choose Ogodei's successor as their great khan.
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