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The successors of Genghis Khan

by Rashīd al-Dīn Tabīb

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Rashid's work, The Successors of Genghis Khan is quite an amazing book. The author was born only seven years after the death of Ogedei Khaghan, Genghis' son and successor, and lived in the Ilkhanate of Persia. Even before the Ilkhanate became the property of the Mongols, it had been a great center of learning (and had played a large part in the rediscovery of Greek learning which was, at the time Rashid's birth, ongoing in Europe).

At the time he was working, the Mongols' oral tradition was still fresh in the people's minds. While the people who had actually served under Genghis were probably long dead, it was likely that some of the people who served Ogedei were still alive, able to relate stories of both the men and their conquests.He also would have had available records written by the scholars of Baghdad and other great cities which had yielded to the Horde. (Contrary to commonly-held belief, the Mongols always sent ambassadors to potential conquests, telling them to lay down arms, simply surrender and agree to pay reasonable taxes, after which the city and its people would be allowed to thrive.)

This is exciting stuff. It gives us a better insight into the how's and why's of the Mongol conquest, the success of which can still be seen in the faces of the people who live in the lands once ruled by the heroes of this story. It is well worth the time one spends reading it. ( )
  bfgar | May 12, 2014 |
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