A landmark biography by the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World that reveals how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known.
Throughout history the world's greatest conquerors have made their
mark not just on the battlefield, but in the societies they have
transformed. Genghis Khan conquered by arms and bravery, but he ruled by
commerce and religion. He created the world's greatest trading network
and drastically lowered taxes for merchants, but he knew that if his
empire was going to last, he would need something stronger and more
binding than trade. He needed religion. And so, unlike the Christian,
Taoist and Muslim conquerors who came before him, he gave his subjects
freedom of religion. Genghis lived in the 13th century, but he struggled
with many of the same problems we face today: How should one balance
religious freedom with the need to reign in fanatics? Can one compel
rival religions - driven by deep seated hatred--to live together in
A celebrated anthropologist whose bestselling
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World radically
transformed our understanding of the Mongols and their legacy, Jack
Weatherford has spent eighteen years exploring areas of Mongolia closed
until the fall of the Soviet Union and researching The Secret History of
the Mongols, an astonishing document written in code that was only
recently discovered. He pored through archives and found groundbreaking
evidence of Genghis's influence on the founding fathers and his
essential impact on Thomas Jefferson.
Genghis Khan and the Quest for God is a masterpiece of erudition and insight, his most personal and resonant work.