Everything you need to know about the present and future of the world from Sunday Times bestselling author Peter Frankopan
"All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing."
When The Silk Roads was published in 2015 it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically.
Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to what has been happening along the Silk Roads since 2015, where the story has been about deepening ties and trying to work together.
With brilliant insight, Peter Frankopan takes a fresh look at the network of relationships that are being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today, assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power all too often absent from headlines in the west.
This important and ultimately hopeful book asks us to re-read who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihood depend.
About the Author
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.
Many books have been written that claim to be "A New History of the World". This one fully deserves the title...so ambitious, so detailed and so fascinating -- Praise for 'The Silk Roads' * The Times *
Brilliant and fearless ... This is history on a grand scale -- Praise for 'The Silk Roads', William Dalrymple
This invigorating and profound book has enough storytelling to excite the reader and enough fresh scholarship to satisfy the intellect -- Praise for 'The Silk Roads', Bettany Hughes