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Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan Jonathan Clements » 6 characters characters A Brief History of Khubilai Khan ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB E history This book explores Khan's control over Mongolia his attempts to invade Japan his imperialistic foreign policy his relationship with Marco Polo during Polo's extraordinary journey to Xanadu and his overall impac. 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 realClements 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

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Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan Jonathan Clements » 6 characters characters A Brief History of Khubilai Khan ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB T on world historyThe book will be released in time for Xanadu to Dadu The World of Khubilai Khan a stunning exhibit of artwork that will be featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from September 2010 until January 20. 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

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Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan Jonathan Clements » 6 characters characters A Brief History of Khubilai Khan ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB The grandson of bloodthirsty Mongol leader Genghis Khan Khubilai Khan was groomed for authority from childhood and garnered the position of Great Khan establishing his reign as one of the most legendary figures in Chines. 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


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    Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] I would have thought that the A Brief History series would be aimed at the reader who has a passing interest in the specific subjec

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    Download ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB » Jonathan Clements Jonathan Clements » 6 characters (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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 a

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    (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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

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    Download ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB » Jonathan Clements Jonathan Clements » 6 characters Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan 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 d

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    (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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 no

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    Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan Jonathan Clements » 6 characters (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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 unde

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    Free download A Brief History of Khubilai Khan (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] Jonathan Clements » 6 characters 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

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    (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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

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    Download ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB » Jonathan Clements (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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

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    (Read) [A Brief History of Khubilai Khan] 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

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