Reclaiming Genghis Khan gives the reader an understanding of what
life is like in a country that appears so different from the U.S.
but actually shares ideals and goals. The book combines anthropological,
historical, and personal accounts of a nation that was conceived by
their thirteenth-century ruler Genghis Khan, born as a Soviet satellite
in the early twentieth century and born again as an independent democracy
at the end of the century. This story of modern Mongolia is richly
illustrated with over 120 photographs (archival and new) and six maps.
Chapter 1, an overview of Mongolian geography and history to the twentieth
century, starts with the author's personal experience as a teenager
watching her homeland emerge from Soviet control to an independent
democracy. Chapter 2 recounts the exciting changes of the twentieth
century from Manchu Dynasty feudal society and autonomous theocracy
to Communist nationhood status and finally full independence as a
democratic nation. Chapter 3 shows the effects of historical changes
described in Chapter 2 on the daily life of Mongolian nomads - their
clothing, family dwellings (yurts), and furnishings. Chapter 4 shows
the connection between modern Mongolians' devotion to democracy and
the political ideas of Genghis Khan.
Reclaiming Genghis Khan
by Dr. Paula L.W. Sabloff
University Museum Publications
ISBN: 0924171901 (clothbound)
ISBN: 092417190X (paperback)
This book should prove useful and interesting
to laymen, students and scholars alike. Written in a readable style
but with scholarly references, the volume presents a Mongolian historian's
conceptualization of her nation's recent history and an anthropologist's
original research on the political culture of modern Mongolia, finding
its roots in the lifework of Genghis Khan.
The book presents a new view of Genghis
Khan to a Western audience. Rather than view him as the scourge of
Eurasia, the author presents evidence that he actually instituted
the basic principles that led to easy acceptance of democracy in the
twentieth century. It also makes accessible to English-language readers
Mongolians' perspective on their recent history and culture.
The book is available for
purchase through Penn
Press or you can drop by the Museum Shop.
University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4046 email@example.com