Genghis Khan, conquerors


Jack Weatherford’s book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is divided into three segments. Part one tells the story of Genghis Khan’s birth in 1162, his rise to power on the steppe, and the influence of the steppe in shaping his mindset. Growing up in this wilderness helped fashion the personality which led him to consolidate many warring tribes into a single Mongolian country by 1206. Furthermore, unifying these diverse ethnic groups into a Mongolian nation provided Genghis Khan an excellent model which he replicated in the rest of the world. Part two is devoted to the Mongols’ wars, lasting for five decades from 1211 to 1261, and how during these crusades, they applied this model of no boundaries to the nations of the world. While they conquered, they also unified the conquered territories to build a global village without walls. Part three delineates how the Mongol model of a global country provided “the foundations of the political, commercial, and military institutions of our modern society.”