Kublai Khan PDF Ú Paperback

Kublai Khan PDF Ú Paperback

Kublai Khan [Download] ✤ Kublai Khan ➸ John Man – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decreeKublai Khan lives on in the popular imagination thanks to these two lines of poetry by Coleridge But the true story behind this legend is even fa In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decreeKublai Khan lives on in the popular imagination thanks to these two lines of poetry by Coleridge But the true story behind this legend is even fantastic than the poem would have us believe He inherited the second largest land empire in history from his grandfather Genghis Khan He promptly set about extending this into the biggest empire the world has ever seen extending his rule from China to Ira from Siberia to Afghanistan His personal domain covered sixty percent of all Asia and one fifth of the world's land areaThe West first learnt of this great Khan through the reports of Marco Polo Kublai had not been born to rule but had clawed his way to leadership achieving power only in his s He had inherited Genghis Khan's great dream of world domination But unlike his grandfather he saw China and not Mongolia as the key to controlling power and turned Genghis' unwieldy empire into a federation Using China's great wealth coupled with his shrewd and subtle government he created an empire that was the greatest since the fall of Rome and shaped the modern world as we know it today He gave China its modern day borders and his legacy is that country's resurgence and the superpower China of tomorrow.


10 thoughts on “Kublai Khan

  1. Tin Wee Tin Wee says:

    Nicely paced biography of Kublai Khan his exploits and challenges Kublai expanded the Mongol empire ended the Song dynasty and put in place a bureucracy to rule his lands which span different cultures religions and languages no mean feat for one from a nomadic background


  2. Ross Whitford Ross Whitford says:

    I love the subject matter and I think that Kublai Khan is fascinating but after reading several of this authors books I can say this was just too dry and too dull to enjoy A genuinely interesting story has been muddled and bored down One star for the book one extra star for the subject matter itself


  3. Chris Chris says:

    Brilliant lively read well structured including the several necessary jumps through space and time that get you caught up with events across the Mongol Empire so that you can move on fully informed with the next bit of Kublai's lifeIn Chapter 12 John Man portrays Kublai Khan as the CEO of the Yuan Dynasty The chapter opensKublai had inherited astonishing managerial skills He was no intellectual genius but he had talents that made him one of the greatest CEOs of all time he was a superb judge of character entirely without personal prejudice and had the knack of hiring people who were smarter than himself p271This builds on earlier chapters discussing Kublai's apprenticeship as a prince building up his share of the Chinese portions of the Mongolian Empire then later expanding the Empire's Chinese lands not to mention the sound advice from his mother to learn about and from his Chinese subjects Later the chapter discusses Kublai's tolerance and leniencyHow come the world's most powerful man the head of a regime noted for its iron control ruled a regime of such relative leniency? Because his people did as they were told and Kublai knew that justice was justice and that harshness was counter productive p287 However this wisdom and judgment of character doesn't uite seem to mesh with Chapter 14 which describes how an Uzbek official named Ahmad was allowed to build his own thoroughly corrupt and abusive little empire within Kublai's empire People are strange and complicatedThe book is split into four parts Spring Summer Autumn and Winter I found the last couple of chapters started to fall apart but that seems appropriate as Kublai himself seemed to slowly fall apart in his winter years Marco Polo takes an ever prominent role as the book moves through Autumn into Winter and Man seems to argue for the or less based on a true story veracity of Marco Polo's account of his travels I found this tended to take some of the attention away from Kublai however Still that's a minor uibble with an otherwise good bookRead this


  4. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    I suspect that there are two main categories of readers with regard to John Man's Kublai Khan The first comprises people who were expecting a conventional biography and were settling for nothing else; the second those who abandoned such expectations in the early chapters and submitted to whatever route the author intended to take content in knowing that they would reach the destination eventually John Man is in a league of his own on the subject of digressions Unless you set a reminder to return to the cover page every fifteen minutes you're likely to repeatedly forget that you're reading about Kublai Khan Some of the author's departures are of meaningful historical interest the story of the Syrian sect of Assassins and how they came to give their name to the word is uite fascinating Other digressions are perhaps niche in their appeal for instance a history of the trebuchet which takes the author from its ancient Chinese origins to 21st century enthusiasts of the piano throwing variety and an explanation of why powdered excrement and the Mylabris phalerata beetle were used in 13th century Song artilleryOnce I accepted Man's idiosyncrasies including his initially distracting but undeniably enlightening drifts into the travelogue genre I found Kublai Khan highly enjoyable and very informative if not for the reasons I initially expected The author has a rare presence in his work and in a genre where the author's imprint is typically made in what they write about rather than how they write it I believe I've found an exception


  5. Robert Hepple Robert Hepple says:

    Written in 2006 Kublai Khan tells the story of that famous leader of the Mongol Empire the better known successor to Genghis Khan The story is well told with a professionally cynical view of contentious historical claims and exaggerations that many old references are rife with He makes regular use of the tales of Marco Polo and often pulls them apart due to inconsistencies The story is laced with numerous exotic methods of execution at which the Mongols seemed to excel The main thrust of the biography is the key role played by Kublai Khan in the making of China and time is spent in looking at how this has affected subseuent history In addition some use is made of modern archaeological evidence of some of the events described not to mention the destruction of key remains during the cultural revolution A very informative read


  6. Martin Birch Martin Birch says:

    The story of Kublai Khan and his time is complex and challenging Running from Mongolia; through the empireskingdoms of China and Tibet; to Japan and the outskirts of India; it is history on an epic scaleJohn addresses this well and the book is very readable although I did struggle than with his book on Attila the Hun This may be partly down to my intimate knowledge of Europe and its landscape; whereas my knowledge of the far East is scetchyUltimately this is a good book covering the history in a thorough and yet entertaining way Because of the subject matter however it is not really something you can read a few pages at a time but likely need to dedicate a couple of hours to sit down and read properly


  7. Uday Saripalli Uday Saripalli says:

    Very vivid and detailed history of the life and times of Kublai Khan one of the world's greatest nation builders and founder of China's Yuan dynasty Incidentally it is the legacy of Kublai Khan and the Yuan dynasty that forms the basis for China's territorial claims in Central Asia and Tibet The books also deals with Marco Polo's travels to Yuan China and the time he spent in the company of Kublai Khan John Man lucidly alludes to the controversies surrounding Marco Polo's travels and presents facts and arguments both pro and con while at the same time maintaining nuetrality Kudos to John Man


  8. Ethan Stan Ethan Stan says:

    I'm a history nerd and have a lot of patience for its drier parts But let me tell you this book surprised me with just how readable exciting and entertaining it was John Man has taken a distant story and made it into an engrossing tale not unlike Marco Polo whom he mentions freuently Punctuated with his personal anecdotes and explanations of how ancient history influences the modern world it really is a boring history book worth reading


  9. Jasmine Ho Jasmine Ho says:

    well paced story telling that is captivating and very relate able despite the subject matter occuring almost a millenium ago very well researched book with clear explanations of how the empire building efforts of 2 men define modern geographical boundaries however due to the span of time and geography the number of characters mentioned does become daunting and sometimes a little difficult to keep track of


  10. Sriram K R Sriram K R says:

    A well researched and well written history of Kublai Khan's reign While most accounts of Kublai tend to focus on the Song China conuest this book is notable for a good analysis of Kublai's attempts at invading Japan Vietnam Burma and Indonesia and his failure to capture any of these territories Includes a lot of art and photographs of historical artefacts which help put things in perspective Definitely recommended if you are like me a fan of the era of Mongol dominance and conuest


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