Peter Frankopan early on became mesmerized with the history and culture of the countries that lie at the very center of history and thus deeply researched and penned this great chronical of Asia. Seen as the halfway point between East and West and the great civilizations bridging Asia that were established nearly 5000 years ago. However, the term “Silk Road” was not coined until the late nineteenth century by a German geologist. The Silk Roads, overland and maritime, sparked the exchange of trade goods, culture and religion across the entire continent. “This region is where the world’s great religions burst into life.” Over millenniums, the great faiths of Hinduism and Buddhism of Indian descent, Zoroastrianism in Persia (Iran), and further west development of Judaism and Christianity and the rise of Islam all found strength and conflict in the region. Spanning a broad swath of time, the content of this book radically influences ones conception of the course of history.
7 April, 2020