The Blue Wolf
A Novel of the Life of Chinggis Khan
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Blue Wolf by Joshua A. Fogel
Book DescriptionOne of the world's most ruthless warriors, Chinggis Khan conquered nearly all of Asia in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, transforming the scattered and impoverished Mongols into an exceptionally proud and powerful nation. In this riveting and thoroughly researched portrait, Japan's celebrated epic novelist drives at the root of the khan's great desires and insatiable appetite for supremacy. Beginning with his birth in 1162, The Blue Wolf follows the crucial alliances that led to Chinggis Khan's great campaigns in North China, Bukhara, and Samarkand, as well as the state of Khorazm. The khan was obsessed with his ancestry, not knowing whether he was the descendent of the blue wolf (mythical progenitor of the Mongols and the noble Borjigin line) or merely the bastard son of a Merkid tribesman. For Inoue Yasushi, Chinggis's ancestral anxiety lies at the center of his relentless push for empire. He struggled with his paternity as intensely as he fought his battles, and his victories stood as proof that the brave warrior was a true Mongol. The question of paternity also formed the largest wedge between Chinggis and his eldest son, Jochi, a boy born in captivity and of similarly questionable heritage. Hailed for its sophistication and rich imagining of a remote world, The Blue Wolf puts a human cast on a legendary force that changed Asia and the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231146166
(140mm x 216mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joshua A. Fogel
Maiden Voyage, Hardback (September 2014)
After centuries of virtual isolation, during which time international sea travel was forbidden outside of Japan's immediate fishing shores, Japanese shogunal authorities in 1862 made the unprecedented decision to launch an official delegation to China by sea. This title deals with this topic.
Formation of the Chinese Communist Party, Hardback (December 2012)
Originally published in Japanese as: Chugoku kyosanto seiritsushi, 2001.
Articulating the Sinosphere, Hardback (March 2009)» View all books by Joshua A. Fogel
Suggests a way to capture the relationship between China and Japan by characterizing the nature of their contact. This book also examines several important behind-the-scenes players in the launching of the countries' modern diplomatic relations.
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Author Biography - Joshua A. Fogel
Inoue Yasushi (1907-1991) received numerous awards for his writing, including the prestigious Akutagawa Prize and the Japan Art Academy Award, and he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature. His novels include such popular works as The Roof Tile of Tempyo, Lou-Lan, Wind and Waves, and Journey Beyond Samarkand. Joshua Fogel is Canada Research Chair and professor of history at York University in Toronto. He specializes in the history of Sino-Japanese relations and has taught at Harvard University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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