Bloomsbury to Publish The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World by Peter Frankopan
Everything you need to know about the present and future of the world from Sunday Times bestselling author of The Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan
‘All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing.’
When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically.
Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. With brilliant insight, Peter Frankopan takes a fresh
look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today, assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the West.
This important – and ultimately hopeful – book asks us to reread who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihoods depend.
- The highly anticipated follow-up to the international bestseller The Silk Roads – everything you need to know about the state of the world today from a prestigious Professor of Global History
- A standalone edition, beautifully packaged and perfect for till-side buys, in the vein of recent bestsellers Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (122,335 TCM since November 2017) and The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli (14,500 TCM since April 2018)
- Since publication in 2015, The Silk Roads has sold over 400,000 copies in the UK and nearly one million copies worldwide. It appeared in the Sunday Times bestseller list for 31 weeks and language rights to date have been sold in 25 countries. This book will appeal to established readers of Peter
Frankopan, as well as those interested in global current affairs.
“Many books have been written that claim to be “A New History of the World”. This one fully deserves the title…so ambitious, so detailed and so fascinating”The Times, Praise for ‘The Silk Roads’
“Brilliant and fearless … This is history on a grand scale” Praise for ‘The Silk Roads’, William Dalrymple
Author Biography: Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University where he is also
Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College and Director at the Centre for Byzantine Research. He was Schiff Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, and Senior Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has been Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton, Scaliger Visiting Professor at Leiden and Presidential Scholar at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. His revised translation of The Alexiad by Anna Komnene was published by Penguin Classics in 2009. He is the author of The First Crusade: The Call from the East.