Talk with Oxford's Peter Frankopan on new book "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World"

Department: History

Date and Time: October 31, 2017 | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Event Location: HG 1030

Event Details

This event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by the UCI History Department and the Samueli Jordan Center for Persian Studies.

About Professor Frankopan
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He is also Visiting Sacliger Professor at Leiden University.

He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature, and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009).

About "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World"
“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare… A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian

The epic history of the crossroads of the world—the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.