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  • Series: Brief History Of...
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762439874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762439874
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Clements is a leading historian of Japan and China. He lives in Finland and Tokyo.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Hopman on November 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent introduction to Khubilai Khan. The book is very well written and the story of Khubilai Khan is captivating. The author of this book has done what many historians fail to do...write about history in an interesting way. If you want a good introduction to Khubilai Khan or just an interesting history read, then this is a book for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rodney J. Szasz on March 3, 2012
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I bought this book on sale for a song and did not have great expectations, but I have been completely converted to anything written by this author. He is a non-academic historian with a wonder knack for story telling, critical analysis and an understanding of sources. In short he is a most perfect historian. The account is well-balanced against the background of Chinese, Japanese, Mongel and European sources of understanding for the great Khubilai. At 230 pages it is I guess short in the sense that most books these days are about double that, but he covers a lot of ground, not just in conquest and military matters, but also administration and culture, and the playing off of the various religions of the time.

It was difficult to put this volume down and it has served as a great introduction for the founding of the Yuan Dynasty and further readings one may undertake. In addition I have bought his most recent book on the Samurai... he may not be the expert that Stephen Turnbull is, but he is one helluva story teller. First rate!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
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I was also impressed with the amount of information on the subject of the first member of the Yuan dynasty.

Khubilai was a grandson of Genghis Khan, but the first Emperor of the Chinese Empire for the Yuan Dynasty. This short book describes in detail how he came to his position as a Great Khan and united the Chinese Empire. The book describes in detail his positives as a unifier of the Chinese people, and the problems he created. He was tolerant of religions and was slightly pulled toward the Buddhist religion. It describes his reactions against both Muslim and Taoist opposition. Khubilai was a unifier and a great ruler, but there were downsides to his rule. Inflation and the government currency suffered from his inability to stabilize the finances of the empire.

I thought this was a good book about a misunderstood ruler of the Chinese Empire.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eve on February 27, 2012
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I bought this bk. for my Grandson, Zach, who did a report in school on Khans, he really liked it, i have not read it, yet.He loves history so i am going to get him another one. EveA Brief History of Khubilai Khan
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Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of emperors and empresses, statesmen and warriors, foreign visitors and outcast rebels. His works have been translated into over a dozen languages, including French, Spanish, Korean and Dutch, and he achieved a rare distinction when his book on the First Emperor of China was itself published in Chinese.