I received another book in the mail the other day. The Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan. Peter is a scholar who is based at Oxford University.
As a young man and as he grew up, Frankopan was interested in history. And not the history we are all accustomed to reading about, with a bent towards the crusades, and the movement of people, Westward.
This would be the third World History book, I am in the process of reading. The book comes in at a prodigous 505 pages. It is the biggest history book, I’ve attacked to date.
The first being Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, and Yuval Noah Harrari’s, Sapiens. Jared’s book was the best book I have read in a while. My most “favorite book list” is growing ever so slowly.
Frankopan begins his story in the East. Because as a young man, he was fascinated with those cities and towns, that have fallen silent in the telling of history. All those places, that are long since deserted and forgotten. He wanted to know of such places, who lived there, how they got there and where they went.
The book, as I said, begins in the East, from what is now Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, Asia Minor, North Africa, The Fertile Crescent area, Modern day Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the (Istans) of the Caucuses. Moving into Eastern regions as far as early China, India and the Steppes.
So far I’ve reached pages 48. And I’ve read about the Roman civilization, the dawn of religions (from the Eastern Perspective) and how Eastern religions formed, (Buddhism, Confucianism, Zoroastrians, and other never mentioned Eastern Traditions that were plentiful in epochal history.
Alexander the Great is discussed at great length. None of the characters discussed so far, had been mentioned in any other book, on World History, that I have read.
Each book is a stand alone story. Diamond, from the anthropologist, scientist perspective, Yuval’s, Academia, and now Frankopan as a Oxford Scholar.
This read, is sure to take up much of my read time, for the near future.
oIf you ever wanted to read a history of the world from a direction that we have never been taught, as students in school, OR university, Frankopan’s book is the one.
Will keep you posted on my read progress.
Buy This Book …
The Silk Roads, A New History of the World, Peter Frankopan.