The Silk Roads - Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads

By Peter Frankopan

  • Release Date: 2016-02-16
  • Genre: World
Score: 4
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Description

Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts.
 
Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

Also available: The New Silk Roads, a timely exploration of the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now—as seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.

Reviews

  • Intriguing

    5
    By Timdoodles
    I enjoyed
  • It's a huge big block of History

    4
    By sXio
    If you wonder why we hate History lesson when we were young it was because it was incomplete or not fully explained. Nevertheless i found a few chapter at the end of the book to be a little bit too hard to digest. You tell me.