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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World written by Jack Weatherford professor of anthropology at Macalester College is an analysis of Genghis Khans life and his influence on the establishment of modern society The novel shines a divergent light on Genghis Khan veering from the bloodthirsty and ruthless leader that he has so often been portrayed and instead focusing on the lowly steppe boy that pushed past adversity to become the leader of one of the largest empires in historyWeatherford opens the book with Genghis Khans attack on the city of Bukhara This account demonstrates the Mongol armys view of conquering cities The first action taken is to send in ambassadors for negotiations if they surrender willfully then the city could continue on but under the reign of the Mongols In the case of Bukhara thoughthe tribesman refused the treaty disfigured the ambassadors and looted their caravans they were going to battle The Mongols used fear and chaos They would capture the small towns that surround the main city causing people to seek refuge in the city and then they would strike behind enemy lines In the Mongols eyes there was only honor in a victory not in warThe first section discusses the development of Genghis Khan Rather than being a born leader as most would suspect he became who he was through experience and learning from the mistakes of others as well as his own Temujin was born in the year 1162 along the Onon River near the border of Mongolia and Siberia to his kidnapped mother Hoelunand her captor Yesugei of the Borijin MongolsTemujin was not valued by his father and at a time was left behind when the clan moved camps Fat Khan of the Targutai clan took him into his ger and trained him with the consideration that was placed on a prized colt The family was reunited and at the age of nine Yesugei took his son in
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