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.
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Table of Contents
Note on Transliteration xi
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Great history book
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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.
The history of the world based on trade. Very interesting book and thoroughly enjoyable to read.