Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote corner of the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age—by the author featured in Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan.

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.

From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

Editorial Review

“Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford is an enthralling account of the life of the great Mongol conqueror, who rose from humble beginnings to build an empire that spanned three continents and shaped the world we live in today.

Weatherford’s book challenges the conventional Western view of Genghis Khan as a barbaric warlord and instead paints a picture of a visionary leader who was ahead of his time in terms of governance, military strategy, and cultural openness. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Weatherford reveals the many ways in which Genghis Khan’s legacy continues to influence modern society, from the concept of religious tolerance to the rise of global trade and commerce.

One of the most compelling aspects of Weatherford’s book is his ability to weave together historical facts, cultural insights, and personal anecdotes into a cohesive narrative that captures the essence of Genghis Khan’s life and times. He provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the nomadic Mongol tribes, their customs, and their values, and shows how Genghis Khan’s leadership transformed them into a formidable military force.

Furthermore, Weatherford’s book is not just a biography of Genghis Khan, but also an exploration of the impact that his legacy had on the world. He makes a convincing case that the Mongol Empire played a pivotal role in shaping the modern world, from the spread of paper currency to the development of international trade routes.

Overall, “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” is a captivating and thought-provoking book that challenges readers to rethink their assumptions about one of history’s most notorious figures. Weatherford’s writing is engaging and accessible, and his research is impeccable. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in history, leadership, and the enduring influence of cultural icons.

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Genre: Non-fiction history
Age Range: Adult
Start Rating: 4.6 stars
Publication Date: 22nd March 2005
ISBN13: 978-0609809648

Author: Jack Weatherford

Jack Weatherford is an American anthropologist, historian, and author, known for his works on Native American history, cultural anthropology, and the history of Central Asia. He was born in 1946 in South Carolina and grew up in Georgia, where he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1967.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree, Weatherford pursued his graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a Master’s degree in anthropology in 1969 and a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1973. His doctoral thesis focused on the social organization and political economy of the Navajo Nation in the American Southwest.

Throughout his career, Weatherford has been a prolific author, publishing numerous books and articles on a variety of topics. He has written extensively on the history and culture of the Native American tribes, including the Navajo, Crow, and Lakota, and has also explored the impact of the Mongol Empire on world history and culture.

Weatherford’s most notable work, “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,” published in 2004, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than 20 languages. The book offers a fresh perspective on Genghis Khan’s life and legacy, and argues that the Mongol Empire had a profound impact on the development of modern civilization.

In addition to his academic work, Weatherford has served as a consultant for various government agencies, including the United States Department of State and the United Nations. He has also worked with indigenous peoples around the world to promote their cultural heritage and rights.

Today, Weatherford is a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he continues to conduct research and publish works on a variety of subjects, including the history of the Silk Road, the legacy of Genghis Khan, and the cultural traditions of indigenous peoples.


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