The Silk Roads : A New History of the World
by Peter Frankopan
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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The sun sets on the Western worldSlowly but surely, the direction in which the world turns has reversed: where, during the last five centuries, the whole world turned westward on its axis, it is now turning eastward.For centuries, glory and fortune were to the west in the New World of the Americas.Today, it is the east that calls them for those seeking adventure and wealth.The region that stretches from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is to take the center of the international political, trade and cultural scene and east to shape the modern world.This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world.Yet it is the place where civilization itself began, where the great religions of the world were born and took root.The Silk Roads were not exotic series of connections, but the networks linked continents and oceans together.Along these flowed ideas, merchandise, disease and deathThat’s where the empires won and they were lost.A new era emerges, the models of trade reflect those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia.Silk Roads up againAn important re-evaluation of world history, the Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the world economy and the politics of rebirth in the re-emergence of the east.
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