The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in History: How Genghis Khan's Mongols Almost Conquered the World

The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in History: How Genghis Khan's Mongols Almost Conquered the World

by Thomas J. Craughwell
     
 

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Emerging out of the vast steppe grasslands of Central Asia in the early 1200s, the Mongols, under their ferocious leader, Genghis Khan, quickly carved out an empire that by the late thirteenth century covered almost one-sixth of the Earth’s landmass—from Eastern Europe to the eastern shore of Asia—and encompassed 110 million people. Far larger

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Emerging out of the vast steppe grasslands of Central Asia in the early 1200s, the Mongols, under their ferocious leader, Genghis Khan, quickly carved out an empire that by the late thirteenth century covered almost one-sixth of the Earth’s landmass—from Eastern Europe to the eastern shore of Asia—and encompassed 110 million people. Far larger than the much more famous domains of Alexander the Great and ancient Rome, it has since been surpassed in overall size and reach only by the British Empire.

 

The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in the World recounts the spectacularly rapid expansion and dramatic decline of the Mongol realm, while examining its real, widespread, and enduring influence on countless communities from the Danube River to the Pacific Ocean.

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“Thomas Craughwell’s narrative is at once approachable and illuminating, and he has a gift for finding the telling detail. The Mongols ride again in this marvel of erudition.”

—Cormac O’Brien, author of The Forgotten History of America

“Everything you’ve ever wanted to know—or shuddered at knowing—about the Mongols is here, from the stack of forty million dead bodies they piled up in their wake to the very real peace, the Pax Mongolica, that made all of Asia safe for commerce and opened up known world to new ideas and technologies. In all, great sweeping history from a superb writer.”

—Joseph Cummins, author of The World’s Bloodiest History and The War Chronicles

“Thomas J. Craughwell shows us how Genghis Khan and his grandson Kublai created a ‘Pax Mongolia,’ which endured nearly a century and brought to some 9 million square miles of our planet stability and a level of civilization previously unknown. Were the Mongols cruel? Often. Fierce? Always. Mindless? Never. Here is the fascinating story of history’s most misunderstood empire builders.”

—Alan Axelrod, author of Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact and Patton’s Drive

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616738518
Publisher:
Fair Winds Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
695,277
File size:
25 MB
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Meet the Author

Thomas J. Craughwell (Bethel, CT) is the author of a dozen books, including Failures of the Presidents, How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World, and Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press, March 2007). He has written articles on history, religion, and popular culture for The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, and U.S. News & World Report

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