Russian history is strangely silent on the subject of the conquest of Russia by the Mongol Empire. This book reveals the true story and the reason why Russian history is silent. It is the story of Batu Khan, grandson of Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan}, who formed an alliance with the Supreme Khan's favorite daughter-in-law, the Princess Sorghagtani, to put her sons on the throne.
Why was Marco Polo called a liar by the citizens of Venice when he returned after his stay of almost two decades at the court of Khubilai Khan?
Why would a man born to the horse take to the sea? Why did the boy Shogun refuse to submit to the man who unified China? Why did Khubilai Khan become obsessed with forcing the submission of Japan?
This is the story of the relationship between a military genius who brought the nomad tribes of the steppes under his banner and the greatest statesman of the empire that he conquered, the Jin Empire of North China. It is the story of the civilizing of the khan.
Why did the Mongol Emperor give Orders of Submission to the Caliph of Baghdad? This volume reconstructs the story from the contemporary Muslim historians Juvaini and Rashid al-Din.
The European friar sent by the Pope of Rome to the Mongol court described Princess Sorghagtani as the most remarkable woman of her age. She was an excellent judge of people, well-connected and well-respected. When her husband died, she turned her attention to the careers of her sons instead of making a royal marriage. She moved to China, where she supported the return to normalcy after a quarter century of war.
She had watched her father-in-law build the empire. She was not about to let the house of Ogodei destroy it.
Her story illuminates one of the most brilliant political careers of all time. This is Game of Thrones in Asia, only the story is for real.
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How to look at the Chinese language. How to make sense of it. How to understand the styles of Chinese calligraphy. Illustrated with photos of masterpieces of calligraphy in the four styles. Photos: collection C. C. Wang, modern Chinese painting master. Winner of the American Library Associations Most Notable Book Award in the year of its publication.