An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse: The Man of Iron Recruits the Man of Letters
By Diane Wolff
Given at the Twelfth Annual Mongolian Studies Conference in Washington, D.C., on February 10th, 2018
A portrait of Yeh-lu, Genghis Khan’s Chinese chancellor, the greatest statesman of the Mongol Empire. When his fellow Confucian scholar-bureaucrats went to the South to serve under a Han emperor, Yeh-lu was the man who stayed behind and went into the service of Chinggis Khan, The Conqueror of North China. Yeh-lu became the man who saved Chinese civilization.
Top Image: Genghis Khan as portrayed in a 14th-century Yuan era album.