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The Silk Roads : A New History of the World

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The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east. For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture and is shaping the modern world. This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 45mm | 481g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp colour plates
  • 1408839997
  • 9781408839997
  • 681

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Many books have been written which claim to be `A New History of the World`. This one fully deserves the title...It is difficult, in a short review, to do justice to a book so ambitious, so detailed and so fascinating as this one -- Gerald DeGroot The Times A book that roves as widely as the geography it describes, encompassing worlds as far removed as those of Herodotus and Saddam Hussein, Hammurabi and Hitler...It is a tribute to Frankopan's scholarship and mastery of sources in multiple languages that he is as sure-footed on the ancient world as he is on the medieval and modern -- Justin Marozzi Sunday Times My book of the year: history on a grand scale, with a sweep of ambition that is rare ... A remarkable book on many levels, and one that anyone would have been proud to write: a proper historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement -- William Dalrymple Observer The most illuminating book of the year ... A healthy antidote to Eurocentric accounts of history -- Books of the Year Times Literary Supplement Splendid ... tightly researched ... invigorating and profound with enough storytelling to excite the reader and enough fresh scholarship to satisfy the intellect...charismatic and essential -- Bettany Hughes Daily Telegraph A rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world Wall Street Journal Dazzlingly good Evening Standard Based on astonishingly wide and deep reading and in all areas draws on the latest research... It is full of vivid and recondite details Independent Full of intriguing insights and fascinating details Observer With extraordinary erudition and a vivid style, he takes us on a dazzling tour of these parts from the rise of the first empires right through to the present Open (Weekly) Beautifully constructed, a terrific and exhilarating read and a new perspective on world history -- Averil Cameron History Today As well-written, entertaining, disturbing and exciting as a detective story Svenska Dagbladet A dazzling piece of historical writing South China Morning Post This book lives up to its claim to be a new history of the world because of its geopolitical paradigm shift ... He is a Herodotus of the twenty first century Irish Left Review Monumental...prodigious...astonishing. Frankopan is an exhilarating companion for the journey along the routes which conveyed silk, slaves, ideas, religion, and disease, and around which today may hang the destiny of the world Vanity Fair An exceptional storyteller ... Frankopan does a superb job of explaining the history that has led to this modern era of new Silk Roads running across `the spine of Asia.`... Frankopan's book will be indispensable to anyone who wants to make sense of this union of past and present Dallas Morning News Sumptuous, intriguing and surprising -- Sir Paddy Ashdown 'A big book like this would have taken the whole year to read if I had followed up every reference that piqued my interest' -- Readers' Books of the Year 2016 Guardianshow more

About Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and Director the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. He took a First in History and was Schiff Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, before completing his doctorate at Oxford, where he was Senior Scholar at Corpus Christi College. He has lectured at leading universities all over the world, including Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, King's College London and the Institute of Historical Research. His revised translation of The Alexiad by Anna Komnene was published in 2009 and The First Crusade was published in 2012.show more

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Many books have been written which claim to be "A New History of the World". This one fully deserves the title.It is difficult, in a short review, to do justice to a book so ambitious, so detailed and so fascinating as this one Gerald DeGroot The Times 20150808show more

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