Khubilai Khan

Khubilai Khan

His Life and Times

Book - 1988
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a profile of the Mongol ruler, describes his attempts to rule the known world, and recounts how he established a formal Chinese government

University of California Press
Living from 1215 to 1294, Khubilai Khan is one of history’s most renowned figures. Morris Rossabi draws on sources from a variety of East Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages as he focuses on the life and times of the great Mongol monarch. This 20th anniversary edition is updated with a new preface examining how twenty years of scholarly and popular portraits of Khubilai have shaped our understanding of the man and his time.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1988.
ISBN: 9780520059139
Branch Call Number: \920\KUBLAI\KHAN
Characteristics: xvii, 322 p. : ill., maps, port. ; 24 cm.


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May 22, 2016

This biography is sympathetic to the Mongol emperor of China, Khubilai Khan. This is history with footnotes galore, from divergent sources, whether Mongol, Chinese, Muslim and so on. This is more a textbook than a novel, that praises the Khan as a ruler who “endeavoured to protect the welfare and promote the interests of his diverse subjects” (p 231). The details of the Khan's personal life are only hinted at, such as his harem. Where are his spoken words? One never comes to really knowing the Khan. But his failures and successes are clearly stated.


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