The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

by Peter Frankopan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101912379
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 22,125
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

PETER FRANKOPAN is a historian based at Oxford University. He is the author of The First Crusade: The Call from the East, a major monograph about Byzantium, Islam and the West in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. He is a senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and the director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. His revised translation of The Alexiad was published in the United States in 2009.

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration xi

Preface xiii

1 The Creation of the Silk Road 3

2 The Road of Faiths 28

3 The Road to a Christian East 45

4 The Road to Revolution 62

5 The Road to Concord 77

6 The Road of Furs 99

7 The Slave Road 114

8 The Road to Heaven 132

9 The Road to Hell 154

10 The Road of Death and Destruction 171

11 The Road of Gold 197

12 The Road of Silver 214

13 The Road to Northern Europe 236

14 The Road to Empire 256

15 The Road to Crisis 271

16 The Road to War 284

17 The Road of Black Gold 311

18 The Road to Compromise 330

19 The Wheat Road 345

20 The Road to Genocide 364

21 The Road of Cold Warfare 385

22 The American Silk Road 405

23 The Road of Superpower Rivalry 423

24 The Road to Catastrophe 442

25 The Road to Tragedy 472

Conclusion: The New Silk Road 492

Acknowledgements 505

Notes 509

Index 625

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A densely detailed, broadly themed work focused on the economic, political, religious and cultural flows across and affecting Central Asia over the centuries. It is refreshing that this is not limited to a sepia-toned nostalgia piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great history book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read...
LanceMF More than 1 year ago
The ebook is $4.00 more expensive than the paperback because...?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not an easy book to read as it included too much history focused on points designed to make the authors different view of the history of East-West relationships. Fortunately, in our non-fiction history oriented book club we have read other historical accounts of The Great Game, the History of Venice, the causes of WW1, and the history of Lawrence of Arabia all of which add balance to the understanding of a very complex history. Frankly without its resources, this part of the world did little to contribute to the development of democracy and the rise of "We the people". Having oil and natural resources alone does not make a country great. I do not believe in his theme that the Silk Road was at one point free and utopian until the West tried to dominate and control it. He neglects parts of the history of Central Asian slavers and the dangers associated with the corrupt Islamic monarchies which ruled here for hundreds of years and kept their nations in fear and paralyzed from progress. Two specific areas of contention with the book: 1-Despite his British background there is no refuting his view of England in its rise to power as being motivated by jealousy of the Spanish and Portuguese. Starting out as a pirate navy which eventually stole ship designs from the Dutch and proceeded to dominate the world with a air of superiority. I think England had more going for it than piracy. 2-I do not agree that Clinton's firing of Cruise missiles after the terrorist events in Kenya in any way changed the mind of the "tolerant" Taliban which ultimately was responsible for the events of 9/11. Hatred of the West is part of Afghan history, and is a constant theme of many intolerant mullahs who still rampage on historical events dating from the first Crusades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The history of the world based on trade. Very interesting book and thoroughly enjoyable to read.