Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World

Favereau, Marie


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Cundill Prize Finalist
A Financial Times Book of the Year
A Spectator Book of the Year
A Five Books Book of the Year

\”Outstanding, original, and revolutionary. Favereau subjects the Mongols to a much-needed re-evaluation, showing how they were able not only to conquer but to control a vast empire. A remarkable book.\”
-Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

\”The Mongols have been ill-served by history, the victims of an unfortunate mixture of prejudice and perplexity The Horde flourished, in Favereau’s fresh, persuasive telling, precisely because it was not the one-trick homicidal rabble of legend.\”
-Wall Street Journal

\”Fascinating The Mongols were a sophisticated people with an impressive talent for government and a sensitive relationship with the natural world An impressively researched and intelligently reasoned book.\”
-Gerard DeGroot, The Times

The Mongols are widely known for one thing: conquest. But in this first comprehensive history of the Horde, the western portion of the Mongol Empire that arose after the death of Chinggis Khan, Marie Favereau takes us inside one of the most powerful engines of economic integration in world history to show that their accomplishments extended far beyond the battlefield. The Horde was the central node in the extraordinary commercial boom of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries that brought distant civilizations in contact for the first time. Its unique political regime-a complex power-sharing arrangement between the khan and nobility-rewarded skillful administrators and fostered an economic order that was mobile, organized, and innovative. From their capital at Sarai on the lower Volga River, the Mongols provided a governance model for Russia, influenced social practice and state structure across the Islamic world, disseminated sophisticated theories about the natural world, and introduced novel ideas of religious tolerance.

An eloquent, ambitious, and definitive portrait of an empire that has long been too little understood, The Horde challenges our assumptions that nomads are peripheral to history and makes it clear that we live in a world shaped by Mongols.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Imprint: Harvard U P
Publication date: 06/09/2022

ISBN: 9780674278653 Category: