Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world. Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart – the journey along the Silk Roads.
From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe.
This book is suitable for readers over 9 years old.
With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan’s magnificent brand new text based on his literary triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College , Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009).
Neil Packer is a Freelance Illustrator based in London. He studied analogue graphics, Illustration, printmaking and a good many other redundant skills at Colchester School of Art in the late 70s and early 80s. Neil worked as a graphic designer in London and turned full time illustrator in 1984.