On the Trail of Genghis Khan

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tim Cope tells us about traveling on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea, and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. He writes about the journey, which was inspired by the nomadic life of the Mongols, in On the Trail of Genghis Khan.


Tim Cope

Comments [3]

Bill Adamsen from Connecticut

Love the genre .. can't wait to hear the interview (and read the book). Was the author wasn't influenced by the 19th Century's Frederick Burnaby, and "Through Asia Minor on Horseback" and "Ride to Khiva" (both tales of harrowing difficulty and bravery, similar perhaps to today).

Nov. 21 2013 01:08 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

"The Mongol invasion of Khwarezmia from 1219 to 1221[1] marked the beginning of the Mongol conquest of the Islamic states. The Mongol expansion would ultimately culminate in the conquest of virtually all of Eurasia, save for Western Europe, Fennoscandia, the Byzantine Empire, Arabia, most of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and parts of Southeast Asia.

Incidentally, it was not originally the intention of the Mongol Empire to invade the Khwarezmid Empire. According to the Persian historian Juzjani, Genghis Khan had originally sent the ruler of the Khwarezmid Empire, Ala ad-Din Muhammad, a message seeking trade and greeted him as his neighbor: "I am master of the lands of the rising sun while you rule those of the setting sun. Let us conclude a firm treaty of friendship and peace."[2] The Mongols' original unification of all "people in felt tents", unifying the nomadic tribes in Mongolia and then the Turcomens and other nomadic peoples, had come with relatively little bloodshed, and almost no material loss. Even his invasions of China, to that point, had involved no more bloodshed than previous nomadic invasions had caused.[3] Shah Muhammad reluctantly agreed to this peace treaty, but it was not to last. The war started less than a year later, when a Mongol caravan and its envoys were massacred in the Khwarezmian city of Otrar.

In the ensuing war, lasting less than two years, the Khwarezmid Empire was utterly destroyed."

Nov. 21 2013 01:01 PM
SUMUKHA from short hills, NJ

Please ask Tim Cope, How has his book been received in Mongolia.
I heard there were a lot of backlash.

(I have yet to read the book)

Nov. 21 2013 08:24 AM

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