Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


Most misrepresented figures in human history?
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 r… more about book…

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Most misrepresented figures in human history?(r/history)

I would imagine Genghis Khan. The man did pretty much kill, rape, a lay siege across the world. If you’re Iranian, you REALLY don’t like him. But he also instituted the Pax Mongolica.

His legacy is mostly negative from western perspectives but he and his empire are much more nuanced than the typical portrayal of him as a simple warlord that wanted nothing more than death and destruction.

I’m also going to include a comment by /u/AlienJelly that might get buried:

> If you’re interested in Genghis Khan, you should read Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. It paints him in a different light than we are used to seeing him in . At the end of the book you can decide for yourself what kind of guy Genghis Khan was. The author came to give a talk at my school.

> I also like listening to Dan Carlin – he has a Hardcore History podcast on Genghis Khan that gets mentioned when he is brought up.

> And if you still can’t get enough on Genghis Khan, there’s a good movie on available on youtube worth watching.


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