The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads

A New History of the World

eBook - 2016
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From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome itself to the spread of Buddhism and advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to Western imperialism and the great wars of the twentieth century, this epic, magisterial work illuminates how the Silk Roads--the crossroads of the world, the meeting place of East and West--perhaps more than anything else, shaped global history over the past two millennia. 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, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism--the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. By way of events as disparate as the...
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 94870 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101946336

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talk2terih
Apr 23, 2018

What a quality (and necessary) book. Most of us have been taught history in two distinct categories - ancient, encompassing Egypt, Greece, and Rome; and western modern history, Western Europe and the Americas beginning with the Renaissance.

While allusions were made to history occurring outside these two focal areas, such allusions were seldom fleshed out to give an understanding of these events.

This author shifts the focus to the Near East, Middle East, and Central Asia and reminds us that economics drives politics, as does the reverse.
Throughout history, he informs us, this area has functioned as an economic highway for goods, services, religions, and most recently, national resources. It has played a significant role in nearly all notable events, in one way or another, and yet our textbooks marginalize it or limit it to a few dates to memorize.

The scholarship here is impressive. Liberal use is made of original source materials. Nearly 150 pages are required to cite all the sources! All of the author's opinions are plausible and well-grounded in the source materials.

Highly recommended.

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talktimereader
Jul 11, 2017

For history lovers this is a must read (and have...I now own my own copy).

SPL_Shauna Oct 25, 2016

Silk Roads is an elegant 5000 year history of Europe and Asia. Frankopan uses an economic lens to analyse the shifts in power between Europe and Asia through the rise and fall of several empires, ending with what looks economically to be the decline of the American empire.

The prose is predominantly approachable but does veer into the academic. Still, for the sheer scope of the work, and for the light it imparts on current relations with Russia, China and countries in the Middle East, this book is invaluable to anyone interested in current events. Highly recommended.

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cello9flute
Jul 31, 2016

I recommend this book because most of us are so ignorant of history. The author does make sweeping generalizations which can be misleading though--especially in regard to backwardness of medieval Europe and the glories of Islamic civilization. His chapter on "The Slave Road" should be must reading for all Americans. If you read nothing else read that. It will surprise you.

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