The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads

A New History of the World

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"Our world was made on and by the Silk Roads. For millennia it was here that East and West encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas and cultures, the birth of the world's great religions, the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the growth of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols and the Black Death to the Great Game and the fall of Communism, the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. The Silk Roads vividly captures the importance of the networks that crisscrossed the spine of Asia and linked the Atlantic with the Pacific, the Mediterranean with India, America with the Persian Gulf. By way of events as disparate as the American Revolution and the horrific world wars of the twentieth century, Peter Frankopan realigns the world, orientating us eastwards, and illuminating how even the rise of the West 500 years ago resulted from its efforts to gain access to and control these Eurasian trading networks. In an increasingly globalized planet, where current events in Asia and the Middle East dominate the world's attention, this magnificent work of history is very much a work of our times"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
ISBN: 9781681680538
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 29, 2018

I was looking forward to listening to this, but I was rather disappointed: world war two and the postwar world was far too large a proportion of the work (and its entirely political), there was relatively little of the varieties of peoples and there social customs and institutions described and elaborated (and for vast scope in space and time, its a glaring omission). I most disliked the reading of it: lots of sighing, deep breaths, shuffling of papers, a few false starts that weren't edited out, and even a growling tummy could be heard - and he seemed extremely bored by what he was reading. The set I had also had manufacturing defects in the discs themselves.

May 28, 2016

Well written by an academic with impeccable credentials, something is missing from the book. That 'something', I believe, is a 21-st C perspective.
As delivered, the book is the product of a Westerner whose POV is that of a Westerner, who writes for a Western audience. As a result, and despite the title (roads - silk or otherwise - are usually bidirectional), one feels the souls living east of the Durand Line are given short shrift. Would have preferred broader inclusion of Eastern perspectives, something that Anatol Lieven pulls off quite well.

Give this one about a 3-3.5


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