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Genghis Khan, who lived in the thirteenth century, is one of the most eminent statesmen and militarists in world history. It took him a mere twenty-five years to occupy about one third of the world, and realize the dream of conquest that the Romans failed to do in four hundred years. Almost eight hundred years has passed since his time. Why do we say that he still has a profound impact on today's world?
Actually, Genghis Khan's legacies can be found in many aspects of the modern society. These include, among others, nation's borders, politics, technology, war, commerce, clothing, art, literature, language and music.
For instance, in terms of national territory, China largely inherited the territory of the Yuan Dynasty, whose founder was Kublai Khan, Genghis Khan's grandson. In terms of war, the Mongols invented Blitzkrieg, which was used by the Germans in the Second World War. In terms of food, the powdered milk we all like to drink was invented by the Mongols. In terms of language, the word hurray in English was transliterated from the exclamation by the Mongols. In terms of technology, the Mongols brought printing, gunpowder, and the compass to Europe. Of the three inventions, the invention of printing laid the foundation for the Renaissance in Europe. The invention of gunpowder brought about the military revolution in Europe. The invention of the compass was of even greater significance. If it were not for the compass, there would not have been the big maritime navigation era, nor would there have been global colonialism, or the present world order.
Hence, Genghis Khan had a great influence on the order of the world today. So how did he do it?
The book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World unveils the answer. The author of this book is Jack Weatherford, a famous American expert on Mongolian history in the Yuan Dynasty. He is a Ph.D. graduate of anthropology from the University of California San Diego, and the first scholar to obtain an honorary doctorate in anthropology from the Chinggis Khaan University in Mongolia. He is also the first scholar to study Mongolian history from the perspective of anthropology. To write this book, the author spend 13 years and traveled in at least eight countries and studied the history of the Mongol Empire along the route of Genghis Khan's conquest. Finally, he managed to complete this book.
We will now explain to you how Genghis Khan influenced the modern world in 3 parts:
Part One - Who was Genghis Khan?
Part Two – What route did Genghis Khan take to conquer the world?
Part Three - How did Genghis Khan influence today’s world order?
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