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The Gory Story of Genghis Khan: Aka Don’t Mess with the Mongols Paperback – Illustrated, 8 Mar 2017
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Nayanika Mahtani is a copywriter by day and a storyteller by night. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters and their two goldfish named Sushi and Fishfinger.
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The Wrong Call - Aka the Conquest of Khwarezm (1218–1221)
Genghis Khan’s campaign against the Jin dynasty in northern China lasted nearly twenty years.
Genghis Khan: This never-ending fight with the Jin dynasty is getting a bit tiresome. I need some new distractions.
Mongol commander: Khwarezm!
Genghis Khan: Bless you! Use a handkerchief, for heaven’s sake.
Mongol commander: Er, I wasn’t sneezing, Sire. I was simply suggesting that you could conquer the Khwarezm Empire.
Genghis Khan: Khwa...what? Never heard of them. I can barely pronounce their name. It’s going be inconvenient to conquer places like this.
Mongol commander: Terribly sorry to disagree, Sire, but they’re a Turkish-dominated empire that includes Turkestan, Persia and Afghanistan. In my humble opinion, it would be a very good move for you.
At that time, the Khwarezm Empire was a major power in western Asia and included parts of present-day Iran, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Turkey.
Genghis Khan: Hmm. Borte did say that we need some new carpets for our ger and I’ve heard that Persian rugs are quite lovely. You know what? I’m a bit bored with attacking people. Let’s establish trade relations to exchange goods along the Silk Road with the Khwawotsitsnames for a change. Send a caravan of my men to start trade talks with them. The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes connecting East and West. It was named after the very profitable trade in Chinese silk that took place along this route.
But, unfortunately, things did not go according to Genghis Khan’s plan. The Mongol diplomatic mission was mistakenly believed by the Khwarezm regime to be an excuse for a Mongolian spy mission, and it was attacked by one of their governors. Genghis Khan was furious when he heard about the attack.
Genghis Khan: This is preposterous! I demand that the Khwawotsitsname governor responsible for this be extradited to me! By the way, I looked it up on Yakoo, and extradited is just a fancy word for transferring a criminal from one country to another. Predictably, our reporter friend has something urgent to share in this regard.
Yuherdit: This is Yuherdit Hearfurst on this windy morning in 1218 ce. Inside sources on our story, the Silk Road saga, now reveal that Shah Muhammed II, the leader of the Khwarezm dynasty, has refused to send the governor who attacked the Mongol diplomatic mission to Genghis Khan. In fact, in a further act of defiance, the Shah has killed the Mongol diplomat and sent his head back to Genghis Khan instead!
Ha! Some headlines those were! More like headlesslines.
This was a bad move, a very bad move. You just don't mess with the Mongols. You’ll find out why very soon.
This act unleashed a Mongol fury that would sweep through central Asia and into Eastern Europe.
Genghis Khan: How dare they? I will wipe out the Shah’s whole dynasty! I want 200,000 of my Mongol soldiers to attack the Khwawotsitsname Empire-using my crafty battle tactics and secret service agents, of course.
As you might notice, the Mongol army had now increased tenfold since Genghis Khan had first started out in 1206 with his army of 20,000 men. And while his armies were still smaller than those of his enemies, Genghis Khan would now employ his most potent secret weapon-spies!
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Nayanika has interwoven the story in her own inimitable way with " Yuherdit and YakketyYak taking the kids on a journey from Mongolia to Italy , sweeping every thing along the way . We get an interesting insight into the lives of the folks across the vast Mongol empire . Many lesser known but equally interesting facts about this Gory emperor are brought to light . Nayanika has done her research thoroughly , but is adept at presenting the facts in a way that kids and parents alike would find to be interesting and as they say
It's different .
We are seeing the birth of a new genre of History writing and Nayanika may be the Genghis khan herself , leading this revolution in Historical reporting to a 21st century audience .
Hope she's working on her next book ...
So well written me and my 10 year old just couldn't stop laughing.
We already planned a trip to 🇲🇳 Mongolia
Super fun. Must buy
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