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Bloomsbury Book Club: The Silk Roads
Tue 24 January 2017, 18:00 – 19:45 GMT
"Magnificent" Sunday Times; "Breathtaking and addictively readable" Daily Telegraph;
"Not just the most important history book in years; the most important in decades” Berliner Zeitung
Described by William Dalrymple as a 'historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement' Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is an international bestseller and has now spent over twenty weeks in The Sunday Times non-fiction charts.
Join Peter Frankopan as he is interviewed by Gideon Rachman, award-winning chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. Together they make a captivating case for a major reassessment of world history and international affairs.
For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of riches and adventure. Sweeping right across Central Asia and deep into China and India, The Silk Roads argues that a region that once took centre stage is again rising to dominate global politics, commerce and culture.
Join our book signing, enjoy drinks with our esteemed speakers and take part in this fascinating and illuminating discussion.
Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and Director the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. He was previously Schiff Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge and Senior Scholar at Corpus Christi College. He has lectured at leading universities all over the world, including Cambridge, Yale, Harvard and Princeton, where he was Stanley Seeger Visiting Fellow, as well as the EBRD and at the UN, where he was recently appointed a Special Advisor. His revised translation of The Alexiad by Anna Komnene was published in 2009 and The First Crusade was published in 2012. In December 2015, Silk Roads was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year 2015. In July 2016, the paperback topped the Sunday Times Non-Fiction charts, and it has remained in the Top 10 for 20 consecutive weeks. It has been #1 around the world, including in India, Ireland and China, where it went straight to No. 1 when it was published in October 2016.
Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. In 2016 he won the Orwell prize for political journalism and in the same year he was also named as commentator of the year at the European Press Prize awards.His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and geopolitics in Asia. Zero-Sum World was published in 2010 and the critically acclaimed "Easternisation - War and Peace in the Asian Century was published in August 2016.