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History vs. Genghis Khan - Alex Gendler

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He was one of the most fearsome warlords who ever lived, waging an unstoppable conquest across the Eurasian continent. But was Genghis Khan a vicious barbarian or a unifier who paved the way for the modern world? Alex Gendler puts this controversial figure on trial in History vs Genghis Khan.

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Follow the growth of Genghis Khan’s empire through these detailed maps, or learn more about women in Mongol society. Then, learn more about the man himself with the History Channel’s Biography of Genghis Khan. National Geographic’s article: Lord of the Mongols also provides more insight into this multi-dimensional warrior.

For more extended reading, The Secret History of the Mongols is an invaluable resource as the earliest native history of Genghis Khan’s rule, and Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World corrects many Western misconceptions. However, contemporary accounts from victims of the Mongol conquests should not be ignored. Interested in viewing a museum exhibit based on Genghis Khan? First, read this article and then take a road trip to the Franklin Institute and observe first-hand the artifacts of an empire.

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