A Brief History of Khubilai Khan
by Jonathan Clements
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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His grandfather was the bloodthirsty chief of Mongol Genghis Khan, his mother a Christian princess.Healed since childhood for a position of authority, Khubilai snatched the position of the great Khan, becomes the suzerain of a Mongolian Federation which extends from the Balkans to the Korean coast.His armies conquered the Kingdom of Asian Dali and brought down the last defenders of imperial China.Khubilai Khan presided over a glorious Asian rebirth, attracting emissaries from all corners of the continent and opening his civilian service to “men with colorful eyes” – administrators of the distant WestHis life and time included the legend of the priest John, the samurai’s summum (and indeed the Mongols) and Marco Polo’s travels.
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