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Genghis Khan
Lister, R. P. (Richard Percival), 1914-2014.
First Cooper Square Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cooper Square Press : Distributed by National Book Network, 2000.

Physical Description:
xxii, 232 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Stein and Day, 1969
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DS22 .L5 1969 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Genghis Khan (c. 1162-1227), born Temujin, was the eldest son of a Mongol ruling family whose power was in precipitous decline. At his birth, the Mongols, living in the arid steppes of Asia, were a leaderless nomadic people scattered by constant warfare with competing tribes and by a hostile Chinese government to the south. When he died, Genghis Khan was Emperor of the Steppes and conqueror of a vast territory stretching from China through Persia, as far east as the Caucasus Mountains. This compelling biography recounts the early life and rise to power of one of the world's most fearsome warriors, as seen and remembered by Genghis Khan's compatriots. The author based his work on The Secret History of the Mongols the sole contemporary record of the great Khan and his people. This rare and remarkable view of politics and power in the thirteenth century, lost to history for some seven hundred years, is made accessible in this incisive look at a fascinating leader as skilled in government as he was in battle."

Author Notes

R. P. Lister, novelist, poet, and travel writer

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
I. The Country of the Mongolsp. 1
II. The Birth of Genghis Khanp. 11
III. The Betrothal of Temujinp. 19
IV. The Outcastsp. 29
V. Temujin in Captivityp. 41
VI. The First Companionp. 53
VII. The First Allyp. 63
VIII. The Expedition Against the Merkitp. 74
IX. The Rightful Khanp. 87
X. The First Years of the Khanp. 102
XI. The Steppe Warsp. 116
XII. The Year of the Dogp. 134
XIII. The Tide Turns Against Genghis Khanp. 145
XIV. The Return from Baljunap. 161
XV. The Last Steps to Powerp. 177
XVI. The Emperor of the Steppesp. 186
XVII. The World-Conquerorp. 196
Notesp. 206
Chronological Tablep. 217
Genealogical Tablesp. 220
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 225