Wednesday, September 5, 2018

[in60learning Review] Kublai Khan: Khan of Mongol, Emperor of China

Kublai Khan: Khan of Mongol, Emperor of China was such a fun and quick read!

This volume is part of the vast collection of concise historical and biographical works that can be read or listened to in just 60 minutes from in60learning.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Kublai Khan: Khan of Mongol, Emperor of China

As the grandson of the one and only Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan had big shoes to fill. The Mongol Empire already spanned several countries and territories, but this didn’t satisfy Kublai. During his reign, he conquered Southern China, Korea, and several other parts of Southeast Asia, effectively doubling his empire. By the time of his death, people all over Asia and Europe knew his name. This e-book tells the life story of this infamous emperor of both Mongol and China who ruled from the legendary summer palace Xanadu.

My thoughts:
I'll admit it, when I went into this read, I was expecting it to be a little dry. However, this read much easier than a textbook!

I had so much fun reading this and learning more and Kublai Khan. This volume covered the time before he became emperor when the families would do anything to get their family member into position, what Kublai Khan was like when he was emperor, all of the wonderful things he did for his empire, and how the empire flourished in the arts and sciences, along with the general economy, and ended with the death of his favorite wife and son, soon followed by his own death.

I loved learning that Kubali Khan ruled with compassion, that he created charitable programs to help those in need, that he showed respect for the great religions of the medieval world, and that he helped his region become more literate.

Each chapter began with a quote that would be related directly to something that would come up soon in that chapter. I love it when things like this make use of that! But of course, I'm also just a sucker for quotes in general!

Too much of history in textbooks seems to be glossed over, the authors sugarcoating quite a bit of it. I really appreciated that this volume didn't hold back! For example:

The Mongols were ruthless. They impaled the inhabitants
until the cold stones ran warm with the blood of slain men.

One of my favorite sections was the bit on explosives and crossbows! I always find it so interesting to see how people fought battles in the past. The Thunder-Crash Bombs sound absolutely terrifying:

"They were made of cast iron and filled with gunpowder. 
They also had lit fuses connected to them."

My final thoughts:
Definitely an interesting read! I can't wait to check out more from this collection.

Thanks for reading!
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  1. Sounds like a great way to learn about important figures in history. Love quotes too. :)


  2. It's always great when an author can make history exciting to read, too often it can be dry!

    1. Same here! History certainly isn't my strong suit!

  3. It did sound a bit dry so I’m glad to hear it wasn’t. What a drastic change from father to son.