Marco and the Polos 5: The Echoes of the Wind

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Marco Polo’s story of “Zipangu,” the secluded island kingdom, abundant with gold, and Kublai Khan’s attempt to take it all, is the subject of this episode. I talk about the two Mongol invasions of Japan and how their story has reached us.
 
Sources:

  • The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, translated by William Marsden, edited by Thomas Wright. George Bell & Sons, 1907.
  • The Travels of Marco Polo: The Complete Yule-Cordier Edition, translated by Henry Yule and revised by Henri Cordier. Courier Corporation, 1993.
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  • Rossabi, Morris. Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times. University of California Press, 1988.
  • Sasaki, Randall J. The Origins of the Lost Fleet of the Mongol Empire. Texas A & M University Press, 2015.
  • Yamada, Nakaba. Ghenko, the Mongol Invasion of Japan. London, Smith, Elder, 1916.