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Thursday, July 20, 2017

[mukto-mona] How Genghis Khan’s heirs used the principles of tolerance

How Genghis Khan's heirs used the principles of tolerance to build the first wave of globalisation

 An excerpt from a new book on the pioneers of globalised business.Genghis Khan (left) and Kubla Khan

May 09, 2017 · 08:30 am

Tolerance for religious freedom was particularly notable and reflected the way Genghis thought.

He understood that he had much to gain by showing respect for proud local cultures and influential religious leaders, and he sought out strong relations with them.

Indifferent to controlling matters of religion or culture, the Mongols focused on building commerce and the physical, administrative, and legal infrastructure to help it flow freely. Before the Mongol Empire, for example, few traders were able to travel the entire Silk Road in large part because Arab middlemen in places such as what are today Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon insisted on standing between the buyer and the seller, imposing high taxes on all sides.  >>



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