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Genghis Khan : His Life and Legacy - Paul Ratchnevsky

Genghis Khan

His Life and Legacy

Paperback Published: 8th December 1993
ISBN: 9780631189497
Number Of Pages: 336

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Two decades after its initial publication, Paul Ratchnevsky's book on Genghis Khan remains the standard biography on the subject. Its superiority is based not only on Ratchnevsky's command of the primary sources but also on his critical evaluations of these accounts. Ratchnevsky draws upon Mongol, Chinese, Persian, and European sources in order to establish a reliable and factual account of the life of one of the greatest conquerors in world history. Now updated in a second edition by Morris Rossabi, the biography takes into account the latest work on Genghis Khan and his legacies. In particular, an extensive new introduction examines the archaeological and literary evidence that has come to light since the book was first published. Rossabi demonstrates how the Mongolians, the Russians, the Manchus, the Chinese, and even Westerners have attempted to use the Great Khan for their own political ends; and shows why, almost eight centuries after his death, Genghis retains his hold on the public imagination.

"This may well be the definitive biography of Genghis Khan" Library Journal

"But for Paul Ratchnevsky this corner of history would remain largely unavailable to the West. The debt to the author is enhanced by Thomas Haining's splendid and untiring work in rendering the original book into English." Times Higher Education Supplement

"If anyone could bring us close to the mystery of Genghis Khan's achievements, it was the late Paul Ratchnevsky." London Review of Books

"The translation is excellent. Mr Haining is to be congratulated on his contribution to what is in many respects an improvement even on Ratchnevsky's splendid work." Royal Asiatic Society

"The most significant post-war study of Genghis Khan. Ratchnevsky had exemplary linguistic and historiographical skills enabling him to draw on a very wide range of original sources. Thomas Nivison Haining, the translator and editor of the English version, has done a fine job in trimming the notes while maintaining their principal import, to produce a work of value both for the informed general reader and for specialists." Asian Affairs

"This is the most exciting book I have read for a long time ... A book that no serious Mongolist should be without. The general reader will find it absorbing and informative." The Anglo Mongolian Society Newsletter

List of Illustrations.

Editorial Foreword.


1. The Origins and Boyhood Years of Genghis Khan (Temuchin).

2. Rise to Supremacy on the Steppe.

3. Genghis Khan: Ruler of the Mongol Empire.

4. Personality and Achievements.

5. The Structure of the World Mongol Empire.




Main Personalities.

Dynamic Tables.


Map of Campaigns.



ISBN: 9780631189497
ISBN-10: 0631189491
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 8th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.7  x 1.86
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1