The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Sapiens)

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This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare Aproper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement. William Dalrymple, The Guardian
The epic history of the crossroads of the world the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization

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.
Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations.
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. 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 Hardcover edition."
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ISBN-13: 9781408839997
ISBN-10: 1408839997
Pagini: 656
Ilustrații: 2 x 8pp colour plates
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 45 mm
Greutate: 0.47 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


A Book of the Week for The Times; a Book of the Year pick in the Observer, Guardian, Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement; the History Book of the Year for the Daily Telegraph; and a Non-Fiction Book of the Year for Daunt Books

Notă biografică

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.


Sumptuous, intriguing and surprising
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
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
The most illuminating book of the year ... A healthy antidote to Eurocentric accounts of history
Splendid ... tightly researched ... invigorating and profound with enough storytelling to excite the reader and enough fresh scholarship to satisfy the intellect...charismatic and essential
A rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world
Dazzlingly good
Based on astonishingly wide and deep reading and in all areas draws on the latest research... It is full of vivid and recondite details
Full of intriguing insights and fascinating details
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
Beautifully constructed, a terrific and exhilarating read and a new perspective on world history
As well-written, entertaining, disturbing and exciting as a detective story
A dazzling piece of historical writing
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
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
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
'A big book like this would have taken the whole year to read if I had followed up every reference that piqued my interest'