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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:30 pm
by Marcus Minucius Audens
>>>> The Silk Roads: A New History of the World <<<<

>>> Peter Frankopan, Bloomsbury, ISBN 978-14088339973 <<<

In the description of the work by Frankopan as being distinctively ‘ambitious’ may be a large part of an understatement of his craft. The author begins his story with the precise effort to shift totally the whole idea of world history toward the East and to follow the very backbone of Asia. It is here that the silk roads, which are the basis of this worlds paths of communication and commerce and which radiated far in all directions in an attempt to find and link together many peoples of different cultures and which provided a continuous movement of good ideas (goods, and ideas) just as bad ideas (violence and death). The focus of the author’s writing efforts on the following two ideas -- connectivity, and the confused mixing of differing cultural attitudes and religious ideas and beliefs allowed this author to work without interruptions in regard to radical views through a vast list of considerations that spanned a very wide portion of the time periods ranging from the eras of antiquity to the current world.

Mr. Frankopan is able to do all of the above without being forced into the kind of sleep-inducing data repetition of the normal dry historical reading. He is skilled in adding a certain appealing discussion to the precision of the material and then adds his memorable ability to wind in his skill at narrative.

It could be said that concerning the originality of his approach to this subject may be a bit overblown, but his view of this subject is still one of the most revealing preventatives in relation to other versions of the topic from Western sources.

It is possibly conceivable that any reader who is architecturally inclined, perhaps, may detect a bit of lateness in the mention of the crest of the Empire of Persia in c. 6th which presumably is a tad behind the magnificence of the ancient lands of Mesopotamia However, disregarding the relatively light coverage of the actual physical remnants of the roads or the determined routes that were taken and followed extensively, the book Silk Roads is in the business of producing a new and somewhat different grid-work within which the reader can assimilate the history of this fascinating historical subject.

>>> Reference:

>> ‘World Archaeology Magazine,’ Issue # 80 (Dec. 2016 / Jan. 2017), Text Nich. Bartos, Pge. 58.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens