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A Brief History of Khubilai Khan

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  1. says:

    I would have thought that the A Brief History series would be aimed at the reader who has a passing interest in the specific subject and just wants to be educated with out delving into the academic tomes that may be available I would have thought that the A Brief History series would also reuire good footnotes a chronology and a bibliography as to where to go next if ones interest is piued Most of all it should cover its subject with an easy to read and accessible text This book covers all that is reuired of a brief history Sources covered and explained Made the subject matter a breeze to read and best of all left one hankering for I have now read a few of these A Brief History's and they are in general very good with the odd one being superb in doing what they should set out to do This one by Jonathan Clements is as good as it gets Highly recommended to the lay reader


  2. says:

    A random choice for a morning of self indulgence in the history section of the bookstore this book is definitely a great read if you are a fan of history in general and Eurasian history in particularWith the depth of research 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 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 Asian renaissance was born when trade flourished and cultures mixed under the new multiracial empire of Khubilai Khan This period would leave far reaching effects that still influence our world todayDefinitely a must read


  3. says:

    Neat book but emphasis on brief It's way too short and leaves out many details and the background is scarce so that I didn't know what was going on in the first chapter Cool overview of his life and what the Mongols did in his lifetime but I'd definitely look elsewhere if your interest is anything than that of a book you happened to find in a used bookstore


  4. says:

    This is indeed a brief history of one of the most famousinfamous rulers of the world Clements tries to condense the complicated 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 to relate the ruling style of the great Kahn It is not a true biography because there does not appear to be enough extant sources to truly investigate what type of man Khubilai truly wasClements often relies on Marco Polo's famous account to give the details of the Khan's life and rule 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 represneted the heighth of the Mongol empire They had conuered all the could and the different segments of this huge empire started to assimilate into the cultures they had conuer Thus Khubilai becomes both the apex and decline of the largest empire on the face of the earth This account makes you want to read 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 read what Marco Polo actually had to say about his twenty year visit with the Great Kahn


  5. says:

    I enjoyed this overview of Khubilai Khan I knew him as Cublay Can but I learned in this book about many spellings I knew little of this story and this was a great introduction easy to read and well annotated if you want to discover Probably not good for people who are well versed in these histories but fabulous for someone like me trying to understand a bit about an era that shaped Asian history and established China as a unified empire once again and including Tibet in the 13th century I read it while traveling in Myanmar and saw the temples of the Pagan empire which was destabilized by Khubilai so far from Mongolia


  6. says:

    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 are random injections or seemingly unnecessary uotes When the story gets interesting it then goes off on a different tangent about some random figure unrelated to Khubilai And for a book chronicling the life of Khubilai I did walk away from this book feeling that I never really understood the man It's 60% about what Khubilai did and the other 40% is random 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 humorous moments 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 remembering many of the events that Clements described One random fact I learned was that if I remember 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 were doing the right thing by unifying the lands and above all else they were just normal folk though the focus was on the bloodthirsty generals and khans In fact I would much have rather lived in a civilization which had been ruled by Mongols rather than the Europeans There was a lot of religious 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 Although this isn't relevant at 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 I really 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 real?Clements' voice made the brief book interesting despite the story being so rushed and 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


  7. says:

    I was surprised how well this book read Thought it would be interesting with some facts I didn't know but otherwise rather boring It wasn't Over the years I've read a number of books about the Mongols but this easily is the best It explains their rise and fall well their conuest of China and how it influenced them Khubilai Khan was easily to my tastes the most interesting of the Mongol leaders caught between the Mongol ethnic of the Mongolian steppes and that great already rich Chinese culture He tired to integrate both but ultimately failed Along the way Marco Polo enters the scene There is a Netflix series on Polo which while interesting historically is too filled with blood and sex for my tastes Yes there was plenty of blood and sex but it is overdone Anyhow Clements' little volume is far better and interesting than the Netflix series Khubilai Khan is the precursor to other of modern history's since 1000 ad great but brutal modernizers in the tradition of Peter The Great Throw in there Cromwell Teddy Roosevelt the Meiju Japanese reformers of the late 19th early 20th centuries They were all trying to do or less the same thing and in the same way The author Clements' captures Khubulai Khan's attempt as well as anyone


  8. says:

    This was a different read for me Although I enjoy historical books I prefer ones with of a story and flow This book read like a history book Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading about Khubilai Khan and learnt many things


  9. says:

    A surprisingly detailed biography of one of the most famed Mongol rulers and a fairly uniue figure in Chinese imperial history A perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with the Yuan dynasty


  10. says:

    Although 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