Kublai Khan

Kublai Khan

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by John Man
     
 

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The authoritative biography of the great Mongol ruler, by the author of Genghis Khan and Attila.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree

Kublai Khan lives on in the popular imagination thanks to these two lines of poetry by Coleridge. But the true story behind this legend is even more fantastic than the poem would have us believe.

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The authoritative biography of the great Mongol ruler, by the author of Genghis Khan and Attila.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree

Kublai Khan lives on in the popular imagination thanks to these two lines of poetry by Coleridge. But the true story behind this legend is even more fantastic than the poem would have us believe.

Kublai Khan inherited the second largest land empire in history from his grandfather, Genghis Khan, and which he extended further, creating the biggest empire the world has ever seen; from China to Iraq, from Siberia to Afghanistan. His personal domain covered sixty-percent of all Asia, and one-fifth of the world’s land area.

The West first learnt of this great Khan through the reports of Marco Polo. Kublai had not been born to rule, but had clawed his way to leadership, achieving power only in his 40s. He inherited Genghis Khan’s great dream of world domination but unlike his grandfather he saw China and not Mongolia as the key to controlling power, and turned Genghis’s unwieldy empire into a federation. Using China’s great wealth, coupled with his shrewd and subtle governance, he created an empire that was the greatest since the fall of Rome, and shaped the modern world as we know it today. He gave China its modern-day borders and his legacy is that country’s resurgence, and the superpower China of tomorrow.

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“Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live . . . a gripping present day quest.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553817188
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date:
03/20/2007
Pages:
389
Sales rank:
435,010
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His Gobi, Tracking the Desert (1997) was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author describes a book explaining the life of Kublai . In reality the author spends more time drifting off into stories about topics such as currency and trebuchets. I stopped reading the book about half way and feel cheated.