“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare… A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” (William Dalrymple, The Guardian)
The epic story of the crossroads of the globe The place where you can find East and West, and the site of the beginning of civilization
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It was along the Silk Roads that East and West first came into contact through conquest and trade which led to the spreading of cultures, ideas and religions. From the fall and rise of empires, to the expansion of Buddhism and the rise of Christianity and Islam through the wars that dominated the 20th century, this book illustrates how the destiny of the West is always tied with the East.
Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, and orients towards the east. He vividly recreates the birth from the first towns of Mesopotamia and the beginning of the empires that grew up in Persia, Rome, and Constantinople and the ravages of the Mongols as well as the spread from the Black Death, and the brutal battles for Western imperialism. Through the millennia, it was the demand for goods from abroad which brought East as well as West, fuelling economic growth and the development of nations.
The Middle East and its political instability from the Middle East and its political instability to China and its rapid economic growth this vast region that stretches to the east starting from Balkans across the steppes as well as South Asia has been thrust into the spotlight of the world in recent times.
Frankopan shows us that in order to comprehend what’s at risk for the countries and cities that are built around these trade routes, we need to first know their fascinating pasts. More than just a brief study of the Silk Roads, this book is a fascinating new look at the history of the world and promises to shake up the assumptions about where we are from and where we’re heading in the future.