Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford [Book Summary – Review]

In the West, we frequently consider the Greek and Roman Empires the incredible cultivating impacts that prompted the improvement of the advanced world as we probably are aware of it. The Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan, then again, get an insufficient notification from Western students of history. On the events they are referenced, it’s quite often in a negative setting, with stories of ruthlessness and hostility. 

Be that as it may, the account of Genghis Khan and his empire is captivating and merits returning to. It is a story that necessities telling. From the difficulties of Genghis Khan’s adolescence to the development of the principal business empire to intently associate the European and Asian landmasses, this synopsis recount the ruler’s genuine story. 


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Chapter 1 – Genghis Khan’s overwhelming standing started with humble inceptions in the troublesome territory.


You might’ve thought the future empire developer Genghis Khan had a favored existence from youth. That he came from a ground-breaking and affluent family and stayed amazing and rich. 

He didn’t. 

Genghis Khan confronted numerous difficulties as a kid. Brought into the world in the Eurasian Steppe between cutting edge Mongolia and Siberia, he was given the name Temujin and experienced childhood in a migrant culture. The migrant people groups of the zone blended into clans and families dependent on connection ties. The top of every tribe was known as a khan or boss. 

However, it was a hazardous world. The tradition that must be adhered to was viciousness. Murder, capturing, and subjugation between families were typical. 

Temujin knew this well. His dad, Yesugei, had seized Temujin’s mom, Hoelun, not long after she had hitched Chiledu, a youthful champion from another clan. 



Regularly, men sent endowments to the guardians of a putative lady before they could wed, frequently for quite a long while. Genghis Khan’s dad was too poor to even think about affording such extravagances, so he essentially carted away Hoelun for himself. 

Hoelun gave birth to Temujin in 1162, a long way from her family and home. Before long, Yesugei was slaughtered, and the clan cast the kid, his mom, and his kin out to bite the dust on the steppes. It was distinctly through the sheer assurance that they figured out how to endure. 

Temujin was rarely officially taught. He made his particular manner in an intense climate – and it was fierce. 

For example, when still a youngster, he slaughtered his more seasoned relative to make sure about control of their family. Temujin was likewise later caught and oppressed by an opponent clan, the Tayichiud. Luckily, he figured out how to escape by sequestering a pony and riding home. 

Chapter 2 – Genghis Khan could be viewed as both a virtuoso and a survivor of a slanderous attack.

So how did Temujin become “Genghis Khan”? 

Indeed, he assumed control over the clan and, by 1206, Temujin controlled an immense region about the size of current western Europe. He managed over 1,000,000 individuals from various migrant clans. These he called the Yeke Mongol Ulus or the Great Mongol Nation. 

With regards to this new viewpoint, he dismissed ancestral titles, for example, Gur-Khan or Tayang Khan. All things considered, he named himself Chinggis Khan. In Mongolian, jaw implies relentless or daring. It’s through the Persian spelling of his name that we know him in the West as Genghis Khan. 



Genghis Khan was tech-savvy and human keen, and his capacities developed more prominently more than forty years of fighting. 

He learned. He tested. He adjusted. He reexamined. 

He likewise broke with custom. For instance, rather than executing vanquished foe pioneers, he consolidated them into his clan. Additionally, instead of falling back on nepotism to fill key positions, he favored a meritocracy dependent on ability. 

He likewise coordinated and prepared a military. His power generally included cavalrymen. Warriors were partitioned into units often. They were master riders who shot bolts from horseback. They dominated the faked retreat – where they claimed to withdraw and afterward cleared back in to assault – and it turned into their trademark move. 

Disregarding every one of these abilities, history has been uncalled for to Genghis Khan. Bigotry has had its influence. While European rulers like Alexander the Great or Napoleon had their brutalities quieted and their achievements perceived, Genghis Khan had no such karma. The accomplishments of the Mongols have been failed to remember, and their supposed wrongdoings are misrepresented. 

In the nineteenth century, Western researchers set about “demonstrating” the inadequacy of Asian individuals. They concocted the term Mongoloid, which is still profoundly hostile today. It was an endeavor to racially portray Mongols as moderate witted and crude. So, intrinsically brutal. 

This is the ideal opportunity for amendment. 

Chapter 3 – Genghis Khan’s area was tremendous – nearly past envisioning.

How about we get the rudiments all together first? Precisely how incredible was Genghis Khan’s capacity? It merits harping on, as the size of his empires is difficult to fathom, even today. 

Genghis Khan, along with his children and grandsons, did battle for a monstrous scope. In just 25 years, the Mongol armed force vanquished more regions, and individuals than the Romans had done in 400 years! 

Put it along these lines: on a cutting edge map, his triumphs would grasp 30 nations extending from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. 

Regardless of how you measure it, whether, by the number of individuals vanquished, the number of nations or countries crushed, or by the all-out zone involved, he took over more than twice as much land as any other person ever. 

The Mongol Empire extended from the tundras of Siberia to the fields of India, from the rice paddies of Vietnam to the wheat fields of Hungary, and from Korea to the Balkans. It likewise contained around 1,000,000 wanderers and about 15 to 20 million creatures. 



At its stature, the realm extended to somewhere in the range of 11 and 12 million square miles. That is about the size of the African landmass. Or on the other hand, if you incline toward a North American examination, bigger than the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean islands consolidated. 

What makes it much all the more dazing is the size of the Mongol armed force. It comprised of close to 100,000 champions. In one spot that may appear to be a ton – it’s about the size of a limit swarm at a huge American football arena or the Melbourne Cricket Ground – however, they had a huge empire to manage, not a couple of stands. Unfortunately scarcely any individuals could handle so much land. 

It wasn’t directly through the military that request was kept up. New laws kept up harmony among the ethnically different clans that Genghis had shoehorned into his empire. 

Chapter 4 – Genghis Khan set up an extraordinary code of laws to administer the empire.

So exactly how did Genghis Khan maintain control and keep up harmony in his empire? The altruistic ethos behind his laws may shock you, particularly given his standing today as a savage warlord. 

Partially, Genghis Khan’s laws depended on the acts of prior traveling individuals. Yet, this didn’t prevent him from trashing more seasoned traditions that might have hampered the operations of his empire. 

The masterpiece was the Great Law. It’s somewhat of a misnomer. This was certainly not a solitary bit of enactment. Indeed, it was a few lawful codes that were over and again changed in the course of his life, particularly over the most recent couple of years. 

If these laws had an objective, at that point it was to join individuals and eliminate strains between them. Genghis didn’t generally replace nearby conventions. If they didn’t negate the Great Law, at that point everything was well. 



Notwithstanding, he banned infidelity as indicated by the meaning of the time (which was pretty expansive by the present norms). 

That is to state, sexual relations between a lady and her better half’s nearby family members, or between a man and his female workers, or even between a man and the spouses of different men in the family unit were as yet allowed. However long there wasn’t any aftermath, that is! At that point, there may be legitimate repercussions. 

Genghis Khan’s longing for soundness and the disposal of hardship is clear in different parts of his standard. For instance, the burglary of creatures was made a capital offense. It got compulsory to restore a lost creature to its legitimate proprietor. Envision the size of that activity. 

Also, Khan built a colossal correspondence framework to tie the empire together. Quick riders, known as bolt couriers, rode between stations, dispersing data at speed. These stations stood 20 miles separated and were spread all over. 

Does this agreeable mentality truly solid like the ridiculous Khan you thought you knew? 

Chapter 5 – Genghis Khan advocated the rights of humans and education.

As opposed to what the generalization of the Mongols may recommend, Genghis Khan was an extremely reformist ruler, and his relatives carried on that convention as well. 

He secured the fundamental basic freedoms of every one of his subjects, including the ladies! 

Furthermore, in what was likely the principal law of its sort, Genghis Khan administered for the strict opportunity. There were functional explanations behind his agreement. His empire contained numerous beliefs, including Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Even though he, when all is said and done, was a shamanist, he comprehended that questions between religions could cause hardship. 

Khan additionally disallowed the subjugation of any Mongol (however he was less worried about different people groups). You’ll recall that he was caught as a youngster. He comprehended that such practices could be harmful. 



Genghis made them interest perspectives toward ladies, which may be deciphered as sympathetic. He enacted against their hijacking, exchanging, or selling. He knew that as long as men could coercively hijack or sell ladies, a wide range of questions between clans could result. All things considered, Genghis Khan’s own mom and spouse had themselves been seized before he became ruler. 

Moreover, the Mongols got a kick out of the chance to advance scholarly and insightful exercises any place they went, even though Genghis Khan himself couldn’t peruse. 

This humanism arrived at its top with Genghis’ grandson, Kublai Khan. In 1269 he established a school for the Mongolian language. He even established a college in 1271. He appointed researchers to record ebb and flow issues, to alter and reproduce old writings, just as to oversee documents. 

It didn’t stop there. Kublai Khan supported the theater and empowered the scholarly expressions. New types of amusement were even performed at his court, consolidating old people’s customs with the new dignified culture. 

Chapter 6 – Genghis Khan put together his realm concerning meritocratic beliefs.

It was typical for rulers to grow up in the family units of the amazing in the twelfth century. A ruler would experience childhood in court, for instance. In any case, that wasn’t the situation with Genghis Khan. He was an outcast from the beginning. 

Thusly, it’s not astonishing that Genghis made an alternate framework. You didn’t progress through the blessed mishap of your introduction to the world or highborn advantage, yet through dependability and legitimacy. How’d he set that up? 

To start with, he weakened the intensity of the clans by canceling customary titles. At that point he went further: all workplaces of significance were currently associated with the focal state. Force would be midway thought. Advantages were not attached to people or families but were rather disseminated by merit by Genghis Khan himself. 

At the core of this was the military, the incredible organization that had carried him to control. Under Genghis Khan, each solid male somewhere in the range of 15 and 70 years of age was recruited into the military. Indeed, even the lowliest shepherd could advance through the positions to get general if sufficient. 



Steadfast supporters have designated the heads of units of 1,000 warriors. On the off chance that you had been with Genghis quite a while, maybe you’d assume responsibility for 10,000! 

What’s more, it wasn’t simply on the combat zone. On the off chance that he valued you and you indicated reliability, at that point you could be given a supported situation in the framework regardless of where you came from. 

What made a difference above all was steadfastness. Indeed, even relatives didn’t get quite a bit of a favorable position contrasted with his nearest commanders. Genghis gave his mom, his most youthful sibling, and two most youthful children an order of just 5,000 men each. 

In conclusion, Genghis Khan had alternate methods of demonstrating appreciation. He excluded strict pioneers from tax collection and public obligations, for instance. He even gave tax cuts to specialists, researchers, legal counselors, and instructors. 

Chapter 7 – The Mongols were basic in making what we think about present-day development.

The Mongol territory was huge, and subsequently, they coursed merchandise and thoughts from China to the arising enlightened countries in Europe. 

At the hour of Genghis Khan’s introduction to the world, hardly any individuals in China knew a lot of Europe, and not many in Europe knew China. Genghis’ accomplishment was to interface these two universes. When he kicked the bucket in 1227, strategic and business contacts connected this extraordinary region. They stay whole right up ’til the present time. 

His way to deal with the business was astute; he organized the main global postal framework. Dissemination of abundance – a beautiful current idea – was vital. He didn’t store the fortunes he’d pillaged while on the mission. He set about reallocating merchandise and setting up frameworks of business flow. 

Somewhere else, the Mongols redesigned neighborhood societies. For instance, in Eastern Europe, they joined a few Slavic people groups. In East Asia, they set up another Chinese state by joining the regions having a place with the Southern Sung Dynasty, Manchuria, Tibet, the Tangut Kingdom, and the Uighur terrains of eastern Turkistan. No mean accomplishment! 

Maybe most incredibly, Genghis Khan made what might be compared to a deregulation zone. He did this by getting sorted out the exchanging towns specked along the Silk Road. 



The impacts were prompt. Exchange flooded. New advancements, for example, paper, printing, black powder, and the compass headed out from east to west. As an immediate result, the Renaissance has started only a couple of years later. 

Also, it went two different ways. The Mongols sent German excavators to China and Chinese specialists to Persia. Out of nowhere covers, noodles, playing a game of cards, and tea was not, at this point neighborhood peculiarities yet a piece of a shared worldwide culture. 

To take some particular instances of this type of worldwide trade, a Parisian metalworker was contracted to assemble a wellspring in the parched steppes. Or on the other hand, think about how an English aristocrat went about as a translator in the Mongol armed force. 

It is highly unlikely around it; the Mongols are central to current development.

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford Book Review

Despite what the vast majority realize in school, the Mongol Empire previously drove by Genghis Khan had numerous reformist standards. These incorporated the insurance of fundamental basic liberties, for example, the security of ladies and the opportunity of religion, and the ideas of meritocracy, equity, and deregulation. The Mongols are thusly basic in understanding the advancement of the cutting edge socialized world.


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