Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts.
Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us
eastward. 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. From the rise and fall of
empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity
and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this
book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably
linked to the East.