Genghis Khan was born sometime in the 1160s into a small clan of Steppe Mongols. From obscure origins he rose, through the power of his charisma, courage and canny alliances, to unite the disparate Mongol tribes into one huge, well-organised, ferocious and world-beating army. By the time of his death in 1227 Khan had subjugated more lands and more people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. At its peak his empire stretched from Hungary in the west to the Pacific in the East, forming the largest continuous land empire the world has ever known.
James Chambers’s biography is a small, zippy book, part of the Sutton Pocket Biography series, designed, in their words, to be ‘highly readable brief lives of those who have played a significant part in history, and whose contributions still influence contemporary culture.’
At 100 small pages it’s a quick read – it…
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