January 24, 2011
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Book topics: Mongolia, Ghengis Khan, Kublai Khan, Tamerlane, Empire, Secret History, Nomads, War, Golden Horde, Travel, Fiction, Children's Books, DVDs, Huns, Asia, China, India, Mughals, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Persia
Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongolian Empire by Christopher Pratt Atwood. The first comprehensive A-to-Z encyclopedia of the Mongols, from prehistory to modern times.
Marriage as Political Strategy and Cultural Expression by George Qingzhi Zhao. Mongolian royal marriages from world empire to the Yuan dynasty.
The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer. Baron Ungern-Sternberg took over Mongolia in 1920 with a ragtag force. His monarchy lasted only a few months.
Books About the History of Asia
Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection by John Man. This biography paints a vivid picture of the man himself, the places where he lived and fought, and the passions that surround him still.
Genghis Khan by James Chambers. Biography of the 13th century Mongolian emperor who ruled the largest empire ever conquered by a single commander.
Genghis Khan by Michael Hoang. Shows that the "bloodthirsty barbarian" was also a visionary statesman and strategic genius.
Genghis Khan: History's Greatest Empire Builder by Paul Lococo Jr. How the son of a minor Mongol chieftain created a military machine that conquered China, Central Asia, and Persia.
Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy by Paul Ratchnevsky, translated by Thomas Nivison Haining. Draws on Mongol, Chinese, Persian, and European sources to provide a readable account of the life of one of the greatest conquerors in world history.
The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford. How the daughters of Genghis Khan rescued his empire.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire by Jean-Paul Roux. An in-depth survey of the legendary Mongol conqueror and his empire.
Genghis Khan by R. P. Lister. This biography tells the story of the conqueror's early life and rise to power.
Chinggis Khan by Ruth W. Dunnell. Biography of Mongolian leader Genghis Khan, intended for students.
Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times by Morris Rossabi. Biography of Genghis Khan's grandson Kublai Khan, one of history's most renowned figures.
A Brief History of Khubilai Khan by Jonathan Clements. Explores Khan's control over Mongolia, his attempts to invade Japan, and his impact on history.
Kublai Khan by John Man. Biography. Kublai Khan inherited an empire from his grandfather, Genghis Khan, and extended it further. His domain covered 60 percent of Asia and one-fifth of the world's land area. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane by Beatrice Forbes Manz. This is the first serious study of Tamerlane, the great nomad conqueror who rose to power in 1370 on the ruins of the Mongol Empire and led his armies on campaigns of unprecedented scope, ranging from Moscow to Delhi.
The Age of Tamerlane by David Nicolle. Tells the remarkable story of Timur-i-Lenk (Timur the Lame) and details the organization, tactics, arms and armour of his all-conquering army.
Tamburlaine the Conqueror by Hilda Hookham. Nonfiction account of Tamerlane's life and conquests, published in 1962. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Tamerlane and the Jews by Michael Shterenshis. Introduction to the history of Jewish life in 14th century Asia and the attitude of Timur and his successors to the Jews.
Historical Dictionary of the Mongol World Empire by Paul D. Buell. Covers the history of the Mongol Empire, the pre-imperial era of Mongolian history, and Mongol successor states.
Genghis Khan: Conqueror of the World by Leo De Hartog. Analyzes how Genghis Khan united Mongol tribes and invade Europe.
Genghis Khan and Mongol Rule by George Lane. Examines the Mongols' contribution to international trade and cultural exchange during the medieval age. Includes biographical sketches, a glossary, maps, illustrations, and primary documents.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack McIver Weatherford. The astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world.
The History of the Mongol Conquests by J. J. Saunders. A carefully documented introductory history of the rise and fall of the great Mongol empire.
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo. The 14th century adventurer Marco Polo tells of his travels through places including Persia, the land of the Tartars, Tibet, India, and, most important, China, where he stayed at the court of Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan.
The Story of the Mongols, Whom We Call the Tartars by Giovannia Di Plano Carpini. Written by a 13th century Franciscan friar who was sent on a formal mission to the Mongolian empire by Pope Innocent IV. Carpini met Genghis Khan's grandson Batu.
Imperial Mongolian Cooking: Recipes From the Kingdoms of Genghis Khan by Marc Cramer. The first-ever collection of recipes from a civilization that ruled over some two dozen countries. Includes sample menus.
The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe by James Chambers. Tells the story of the Mongol invaders of Europe, and especially Subedei Bahadur, the illiterate military genius who brought 20th-century warfare to medieval Europe. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century translated by Igor De Rachewiltz. Written partly in prose and partly in epic poetry, the Secret History is the major native source on Genghis Khan and his son and successor Ogadai (Ögödei). This translation includes an historical introduction and extensive commentary.
The Secret History of the Mongols: The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan translated by Urgunge Onon. This fresh translation brings out the excitement of the epic with wide-ranging commentaries on military and social conditions, religion and philosophy.
The Empire of the Steppes: A History of Central Asia by Rene Grousset. Traces the development of the steppes, from the early Scythians and Huns to the last emperors of 18th century Mongolia, and discusses the important leaders of each period.
Nomadic Empires: From Mongolia to the Danube by Gerard Chaliand. From the fifth century BC to the 15th century AD, the steppe areas of Asia were a "zone of turbulence," threatening settled peoples from China to Russia and Hungary. This book examines the nomadic people called Indo-Europeans, Turkic peoples, or Mongols.
Mongols, Huns, and Vikings by Hugh Kennedy and John Keegan. They were history's most famous and ferocious warriors. How were they so successful? And what were the limits of their powers? The author reveals how these societies spawned great generals, from Attila to Genghis Khan. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests, 1190-1400 by Stephen R. Turnbull. A concise account of the Mongol conquests, including the rise of Genghis Khan and the unification of the tribes, with information on campaign logistics, tactics, and horse breeding.
Mongol Warrior 1200-1350 by Stephen R. Turnbull, illustrated by Wayne Reynolds. Tells the story of the Mongol empire's remarkable military organization, including details of weaponry, tactics, training, and beliefs.
The Silk Road and the Cities of the Golden Horde by German A. Fedorov-Davydov. Historical reconstruction of the descendants of Genghis Khan who raided and traded with civilizations in the East and West.
Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol Worlds by Anne F. Broadbridge. What it meant to be a monarch in the pre-modern Islamic world, and how ideas about sovereignty evolved.
Russia and the Golden Horde: The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History by Charles J. Halperin.
A Thousand Years of the Tartars by Edward Harper Parker. History of the Tartars in East Asia from the 15th century B.C. through the 12th century A.D., when they were conquered by Genghis Khan. Available from Alibris.
The Tartar Khan's Englishman by Gabriel Ronay. Biography of a mysterious Englishman who acted as personal envoy, interpreter and spy for Batu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan and ruler of the Golden Horde. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Lonely Planet Mongolia by Robert Storey. This travel guide includes information on Mongolia's history and historic sites.
In the Empire of Genghis Khan: An Amazing Odyssey Through the Lands of the Most Feared Conquerors in History by Stanley Stewart. The author describes his travels across the old empire, from Istanbul to the distant homeland of the Mongol hordes.
Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way by Michael Young. Yes, that's the book's actual title. Genghis Khan was "one of history's most charismatic and dynamic leaders -- and you will need all his skill and tenacity to succeed in dentistry and business."
Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden. First novel in a series about the life of Genghis Khan. After surviving a brutal childhood, he is driven by a singular fury: to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies beyond the horizon.
Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden. Genghis leads his warriors across the Gobi Desert into a realm his people have never seen before.
Genghis: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden. Stalked by enemies and plagued by a divided family, the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan leads a sprawling force of horsemen beyond the realm of their known world.
Khan: Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden. Genghis Khan is dead. His vast empire hangs in the balance as his heirs maneuver for dominance.
Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan by Conn Iggulden. About the rise of Genghis Khan's grandson Kublai, a refined and scholarly man who devises new ways of warfare as he builds the dream city of Xanadu and pursues the ultimate prize: the ancient empire of Sung China.
The Earth Is the Lord's by Taylor Caldwell is a novel about the rise and fall of Genghis Khan. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Blue Wolf by Frederic Dion. An epic historical novel about the life of Genghis Khan and the empire of the steppes. From Alibris.
Tamburlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe. A 16th century English play about the ruthless conqueror. This play was a great success on the Elizabethan stage.
Genghis Khan by Demi. An illustrated biography based on both history and legend, for children ages 9 to 12.
Genghis Khan by Brenda Lange. Traces the life of the chief of a small Mongol tribe who established a vast empire in the 12th century. For young adult readers.
Empire in the East: The Story of Genghis Khan by Earle Rice Jr. Biography for young adult (teen) readers.
Genghis Khan: Invincible Ruler of the Mongol Empire by Zachary Kent. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.
The Life and Times of Genghis Khan by Jim Whiting. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.
Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Robert Byrd. Biography in picture book form for children ages 4 to 8.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire by Don Nardo. Nonfiction for young adult readers.
Genghis Khan: 13th Century Mongolian Tyrant by Enid Goldberg and Norman Itzkowitz. For young adult readers.
Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang. Fiction for young adult readers. Princess Emmajin, granddaughter of the Great Khan Khubilai, is determined to become a warrior. The last thing she wants is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences. (Some links below may not be visible if you are using the ad-blocking feature of Norton Personal Firewall.)
Genghis Khan: Terror and Conquest. His name is equated with barbarism and terror, but the ancient Mongol warlord was as effective a ruler as he was a conqueror. Learn about the life of Genghis Khan in this documentary from A&E's "Biography" series.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan. Epic 2007 movie that depicts future conqueror Ghengis Khan as a lover and fighter. In Mongolian with English and Spanish subtitles. (Review © Amazon.com)
By the Will of Genghis Khan. Russian movie with English subtitles.
National Museum of Mongolian History