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The Horde by Marie Favereau

The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World

Marie Favereau

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Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 30 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780674244214

The Mongols are universally known as conquerors, but they were more than that: influential thinkers, politicians, engineers, and merchants. Challenging the view that nomads are peripheral to history, The Horde reveals the complex empire the Mongols built and traces its enduring imprint on politics and society in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

3 stars out of 5
Gerard DeGroot
1 May 2021

"an impressively researched and intelligently reasoned book "

The Horde is an impressively researched and intelligently reasoned book that will be welcomed by historians of the Mongol Empire. Its main problem, however, is that it’s often bewilderingly complex. Too much attention is devoted to tedious succession battles rather than to the fascinating detail of daily life on the steppe. The Mongols’ human side is not intricately drawn. Favereau is an engaging writer when she chooses to be but she’s too wedded to academic convention — the rigid and formulaic rules about how history must be written.