# Paperback: 148 pages
# Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Museum Publication (October 1, 2001)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 092417191X
# Product Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
- Book Description
- Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan is a lovely book, in four parts,with
lots of color pictures. The first part called, 'My Mongolia', tells about
Mongolia, the people, places and their history up to the 1900s. The second
part, titled 'The Twentieth Century: From Domination to Democracy', tells
the story of Mongolia under the China and, later, Russia's control. The
third chapter is called 'Deel, Ger and Altar: Continuity and Charge in Mongolian
Material Culture' which shows us the changes in what the people used, lived
in and wore (sometimes based on what they had and sometimes based on what
they were ALLOWED to have). The last part is called 'Genghis Khan, Father
of Mongolian Democracy' and shows that, while Mongolians did not have Democracy
under Khan, they did have many democratic principles even before Genghis
Khan showed up. Under the Khan many of this ideas (rule by law, equality
of citizens, participatory government and human rights) were made more powerful
by the fact that he united them and made them independent from outside powers.
Genghis Khan is a Founding Father ANY nation could be proud of. AT least
he had all his teeth and didn't wear a white wig!
The book itself was written by four authors who used a mixture of fact and first person accounts to make a book that you can tell they all enjoyed making. The only thing missing is a copy of the Mongolian constitution. But I did like the beginning of the preamble which they showed in the book:
"We the people of Mongolia...." Always a good start!