The Silk Roads


In this magnificent historical opus, Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian, presents a stunning new history of the world.  He explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology and describes how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart – the journey along the Silk Roads.

The Silk Roads illustrated edition takes in ancient world laws laid down by the mighty Persian empire, to the terrifying huns.  We then witness the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today.  This great book moves through time and history bringing together the different peoples, empires and continents – all into a phenomenal history of the globe. There are stories from each and every corner of society. This new illustrated edition is of course based on Frankopan’s magnificent and best-selling literary triumph The Silk Roads.  It is sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer and is a must-have world history.

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The Silk Roads

The Extraordinary History That Created Your World

Peter Frankopan, illustrated by Neil Packer


Adapted for younger readers from the author’s celebrated adult book of the same name, this illustrated history is the perfect present for fledging historians.
The scope of the book’s journey moves along thrilling, far-reaching roads. It takes in the history of ancient Persia, Constantinople, Rome and Attila the Hun.  It also covers the emergence of Islam, Viking slavery, Genghis Khan, Columbus – and so much more. Frankopan has described the Silk Roads as “…the world’s central nervous system, linking all the organs of the body together”.
The engaging exploration of the interplay between politics, science, faith and trade takes this book far beyond the standard textbook. Indeed, it is generously laden with exquisite illustrations and maps that are both informative and enthralling.  Young history buffs will love this treasure, and grown-ups will get much from it too. The book brings the story bang up to date with additional chapters on the ‘new’ silk roads and the patterns of international trade and geopolitics.
Peter Frankopan’s web site offers further information and teaching resources about The Silk Roads.
Bookwagon has plenty of other books for budding historians, such as Ancient Warriors and A Journey Through the Greek Myths.


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