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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, illus. Neil Packer.

October 22, 2018

silk roadsThe Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, illus. Neil Packer. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

The history of the World has never been as well presented as it is in this big book. History not only helps us to understand the past but helps explain why things are the way they are today. Globalisation is not a new term, it has been around for centuries and this book shows how we are all connected.

Starting with the Ancient Greeks and Chinese this concentrates on the trade routes that historian Peter Frankopan calls Silk Roads, whether they be over land or across oceans, and along which flowed not only goods to make money but ideas, innovations, religions and life styles. .

In sixteen short chapters we learn of every major cultural and innovative change from East to west and from North to South including Africa and the New World of the Americas. The history is simply presented  with anecdotes that will have you astounded. For example the Black Plague spread along these same trade routes starting in China in 1335 and arriving in England in 1348. All because of a flea that lived on the backs of rats. One third of the population died in 5 years.

The slave trade which has existed for ever is outlined as are all the historical movements and Empires and Religious movements. All in 126 pages.

Neil Packer’s illustrations are outstanding and reflect the different cultures, and the maps of the World depicting different eras will have you absorbed for hours. The book concludes with author observing that with the rise of China the Silk Roads are starting again.

This book is for everybody and will be at home equally in the school, the coffee table and the office cafeteria. Get it you will be amazed.

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