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The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history : how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world

Author: Thomas J Craughwell
Publisher: Beverly, Mass. : Fair Winds Press, 2010.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Genghis Khan; Kublai Khan; Genghis Khan; Kublai Khan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Craughwell
ISBN: 9781592333981 1592333982
OCLC Number: 316018309
Description: 272 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Family tree --
Introduction --
The Asian Steppes: an intensely hostile world --
The savage boyhood of Temüjin --
A friendless boy's first allies --
Temüjin's first battle --
The showdown that made Temüjin a Khan --
Temüjin becomes Genghis Khan and the Mongol nation is born --
The nomads conquer an empire --
Northern China falls to the Mongols --
Ghengis Khan invades the Muslim world --
The Mongol style of warfare --
The passing of Genghis Khan --
"The Devil's Horsemen" invade Europe --
How one man's death saved Europe from destruction --
Rifts in the family --
The rise of Kublai Khan and the breakup of Genghis Khan's empire --
The first Mongol emperor of China --
Epilogue --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgements --
About the author --
Index.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Craughwell.
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Covers the events that led to the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire, from its unification by Genghis Khan to its sudden retreat and collapse from Europe following the death of Odgedei Khan in 1241,  Read more...

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