In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, award-winning anthropologist Jack Weatherford examined the life and legacy of the much-maligned 13th-century empire-builder. In The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, he continues his study with the polygamous and prolific leader's daughters, at least four of whom became queens and provided stability among the lands that made up the Mongol empire. Unfortunately, warring among family members resulted in a takeover by male relatives, and the record of the women's achievements was literally cut out of the Mongols' history book. Pick up this compelling account to find out what the censors omitted. History and Current Events March 2015 newsletter.
Reading this book has given me a new insight into the history of Mongolia, modern China and countries of the surrounding area.
Weatherford's research shows that women were active as negotiators and leaders, warriors and peacemakers. I do not find it surprising that revisionist historians, at various times, have tried to erase these women from the records.
For me, Jack Weatherford made this era of history both understandable and extremely interesting.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in how our modern world order developed.
The author being an anthropologist makes it more insightful to this very interesting history book.
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