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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Monday 4 April 2016

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Writer and academic Dr Peter Frankopan reassesses the passage of world history and argues that the sun is setting on the Western world and it is now to the East that people are turning for adventure and riches.

Frankopan says in his latest book, The Silk Roads, that a region stretching from eastern Europe across central Asia and into India and China is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture. And the change is now shaping the modern world.  The region is not well known in the West but is where civilisation began. It is where the major religions were born and where the Silk Roads witnessed the passage of ideas, goods, disease and death. Frankopan says the Silk Roads are on the rise again.

Frankopan is a senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. He has lectured at Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, King’s College London and the Institute of Historical Research. He is also author of The First Crusade.

“A book of dazzling range, ambition and achievement” William Dalrymple

“Splendid . . . tightly researched . . . invigorating and profound [with] enough storytelling to excite the reader and enough fresh scholarship to satisfy the intellect . . . charismatic and essential” Dr Bettany Hughes, Daily Telegraph