In Chinese eyes, Genghis and Kublai and all their conquests were actually Chinese, And so therefore is Tibet.The Mongol Empire changed the course of history and transformed the map of the world. Driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule, Genghis Khan - mass murdering barbarian to his victims, genius and demi-god to his people - united warring clans and forged an empire that spanned Asia, bringing people, cultures and religions together and opening intercontinental trade. Under his grandson, Kublai Khan, the vision evolved into a more complex ideology, justifying further expansion. Fuelled by the belief that Heaven had given the whole world to the Mongols, Kublai doubled the empire's size until, in the late thirteenth century, he and his family controlled one-sixth of the world's land area. Along the way, he conquered China, made Beijing his capital and gave the nation the borders it has today, establishing the roots of the twenty-first century superpower.
In very lucid prose John Man presents an authoritative account of the rise and fall of Genghis's Golden Family. With vivid descriptions of the era, the author succeeds in conjuring up the essential flavors of the volatile time period. The Mongol Empire by John Man is a fast, gripping and resourceful book and is an essential read if you are interested in this particular time period of history in general and the personality in particular.
Fast, gripping and resourceful. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.