Jonathan Clements í 8 SummaryAlthough a brief history indeed the Yuan Dynasty is nicely encompassed throughout this book very informative and interesting in painting the pictures of how the Mongols lived thenI particularly like the discussion on the palace on wheels and the input and tales of Marco Polo makes it even intriguing This was a different ead for me Although I enjoy historical books I prefer ones with of a story and flow This book ead like a history
Book Don T GetDon t get wrong I enjoyed The Pavement Arena reading about Khubilai Khan and learnt many things Not sure if this is normal to historical books but this brief history was indeed brief and seemed to be all over the place At times there areandom injections or seemingly unnecessary uotes When the story gets interesting it then goes off on a different tangent about some Dungeon random figure unrelated to Khubilai And for a book chronicling the life of Khubilai I did walk away from this book feeling that I nevereally understood the man It s 60% about what Khubilai did and the other 40% is andom events and long passages about some unrelated people or events But at other times the story was extremely interesting captivating and
Informative There Are Many HumorousThere are many humorous in the story and I m not sure if that was intended I d also like to add that the chapter titles were very clever for example I loved chapter 8 titled The Miscellaneous Aliens Khubilai s Cosmopolitan Empire whether intentionally funny or not Also Mongolian names are so dope and could definitely be used in a science fiction book Besides that this book does its job of providing a brief history and I took a lot from it Even though at times it was a jumbled mess I found myself emembering many of the events that Clements described One Sculpting Making a Toddler Doll random fact I learned was that if Iemember correctly the Mongolian word for family or tribe was ordo which was eventually translated into the English horde Now horde sort of has negative connotations when I think of horde I think of a horde of locusts or something But for Mongolians ordo was a positive word of community and brotherhood So it s funny that the different sides had vastly different perceptions of each other and the outside world made out the Mongols to be this great and terrible enemy but they were also a nomadic peoples who just thought that they wer. The grandson of bloodthirsty Mongol leader Genghis Khan Khubilai Khan was groomed for authority from childhood and garnered the position of Great Khan establishing his eign as one of the most legendary figures in Chines. ,
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was on bloodthirsty generals and khans In fact I would much have On Disgust rather lived in a civilization which had beenuled by Mongols A Dirty Wedding Night: A Dirty Rockstar Romance Collection (Dirty, Book 2.5) rather than the Europeans There was a lot ofeligious acceptance the Silk Road etcMy favourite section of the book described the attempted Mongol invasion of Japan two of them which both failed because of typhoons as if an act from God to defend Japan Althoughfocus was on
This Isn T Relevantisn t New Menopausal Years relevant all a humorous moment was when Kono Michiari a samurai was so eager for battle that he pitched his tent on the wrong side of the defensive wall and he was in full view of the enemy Mongols When he witnessed a heron pick up a falling arrow and proceed to drop it on one of the largest ships he took it was a message from the gods and decided to lead a suicidal assault on the Mongol flagship This was so obviously insane that none of the captains of the Mongol boats thought that this one samurai could be attacking and interpreted it as an approach to surrender Ieally like this Kono Michiari guy man Sometimes I also make insane decisions based on what a seagull tells me And I believe that he lived to survive that encounter and wrote a poem about it afterwardsAnother interesting thing was when the Mongols unfamiliar with the coastal waters became constantly on edge over seeing shadows of hills in the water and the smell of sulphur Apparently they had begun to suspect that there were dragons in the water A while after that the hurricane arrived and decimated their fleet so dragons are confirmed to be ealClements
voice made the brief book interesting despite the story being so ushedmade the brief book interesting despite the story being so ushed all over the place I would have liked to see focus on Khubilai and see the soul behind the man Overall I took a lot from this book It s a solid 35 This is indeed a brief history of one of the most famousinfamous ulers of the world Clements tries to condense the complicated Dirty Work reign of Khubilai and the nature of the Mongol Empire into about 200 pages not an easy task However he does an admirable job of synthesizing many different sources toelate the Hearts Farthings ruling style of the great Kahn It is not a true biography because there does not appear to be enough extant sources to truly in. E history This book explores Khan's control over Mongolia his attempts to invade Japan his imperialistic foreign policy hiselationship with Marco Polo during Polo's extraordinary journey to Xanadu and his overall impac. .
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S Famous Account Tofamous account to the details of the Khan s life and ule This is of course the most famous and accessible source for us Westerners However the author also does a good job of double checking Polo s facts with Japanese Chinese Mongolian and even Arab sources The book definitely gives you a feel for how determined and brutal the Mongols were to conuer China and the kingdoms on the edge of their ever expanding empire It gives you the sense the Kubilai epresneted the heighth of the Mongol empire They had
CONUERED ALL THE COULD AND THE DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OFall the could and the different segments of huge empire started to assimilate into the
CULTURES THEY HAD CONUER THUS KHUBILAIthey had conuer Thus Khubilai both the apex and decline of the largest empire on the face of the earth This account makes you want to ead about the Mongols and how they created this empire and there are plently of books out there about that but it also makes you want to Greenwich read what Marco Polo actually had to say about his twenty year visit with the Great Kahn Aandom choice for a morning of self indulgence in the history section of the bookstore this book is definitely a great ead if you are a fan of history in general and Eurasian history in particularWith the depth of esearch the author tells the story about the life of Khubilai Khan the grandson of the great Genghis Khan of Mongolia who conuered a vast tract of the Eurasian continent stretching from the Balkan peninsular all the way to the Korean coast Against the backdrop of wars and chaos we Your Name Here readers can witness how the main character as the heir to this enormous empire grow up engage in and survive high stake politics to forge his way to absolute power and establish himself as the first Emperor of China under his newly proclaimed Yuan dynasty More than just a biography this is a story about a tumultuous time in human history where an empire was built out of endless bloodletting and destruction Life seemed precarious under the stampede of the Mongol military might Yet out of the same period an Asianenaissance was born when trade flourished and cultures mixed under the new multiracial empire of Khubilai Khan This period would leave far Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, reaching effects that still influence our world todayDefinitely a mustead. T on world historyThe book will be eleased in time for Xanadu to Dadu The World of Khubilai Khan a stunning exhibit of artwork that will be featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from September 2010 until January 20. .