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Silk Roads A New History Of The World - Peter Frankopan



Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Silk Roads A New History Of The World

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.

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Number of Pages 656


exhilarating rollercoaster ride New Delhi Business Standard Hugely ambitious in its scope China Today A compelling narrative and is jam-packed with stories. It contains numerous snippets of information that shed new light on major world events China Daily Essential reading MoneyWeek A compelling political, economic and social history that is as much about how we will live as how we once did World Travel Guide Beautifully constructed, a terrific and exhilarating read and a new perspective on world history -- Averil Cameron History Today An often exhilarating tour of 2,000 years of history ... Frankopan upends the usual world-history narrative oriented around ancient Rome and Greece and the irrepressible rise of Europe ... In The Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan has provided a bracing wake up call. The National AE As incongruous it may seem to call an intensely-researched 600-page tome with 100 pages of footnotes a romp, The Silk Roads is a fluent, page-turning gallop through the roughly 2500 years from ancient Persia and Alexander the Great to the present day ... If one had to choose an up-to-date volume from which to glean an overview of world history, this might well be it Asian Review of Books As well-written, entertaining, disturbing and exciting as a detective story Svenska Dagbladet Frankopan handles his material deftly and has an eye for telling details...a clear theme is that globalisation is not a new phenomenon. This is essential reading Prosper Magazine A dazzling piece of historical writing South China Morning Post The most illuminating book of the year ... A healthy antidote to Eurocentric accounts of history [and] an impressive, if depressing account of the disastrous Western interventions in Central Asia -- Books of the Year Times Literary Supplement