The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

August 6, 2019 - Comment

For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking

For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture – and is shaping the modern world., This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world’s great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together., Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won – and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia., The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.

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Anonymous says:

A thought provoking whistle stop tour through world history The scope of this book is immense taking us from the battles between Ancient Greece and Persia up to the present day. It is both illuminating and depressing to be reminded that in the last 2000 plus years of human history, so little has changed.International trade has enriched us in the West and made the elites in other corners of the world very wealthy but with that wealth comes exploitation, inequality and the great games of empires who seek advantage at the expense of human lives…

Anonymous says:

I think I could have edited the writing a bit better; there was room for greater clarity I am not a history scholar as many reviewers obviously are. I have read a lot of the reviews which I found very interesting. Despite all the criticisms of the book, I learned a lot and am inspired to read and learn more (bearing in mind the constructive criticisms). Whether due to age, I have to say I found the book hard work and the amount of detail was too much to fully absorb. For me, it was an interesting perspective covering a lot of stuff I didn’t know. I could have done with a bit more…

Anonymous says:

Despite its size – 540 pages of text – it could easily be double the size size without repetition and without … One of the most interesting and thought-provoking books I’ve read in years; a history centred on the region between the middle east and the Chinese border from the beginning of time to today. Huge in scope, and in places highly unsettling, it effectively challenges the smug certainties we still largely hold in the west. Despite its size – 540 pages of text – it could easily be double the size size without repetition and without becoming boring or turgid.It would certainly get 5…

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