The New Silk Roads The Present and Future of the World [Ebook / kindle] ✓ Peter Frankopan

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By way of Russia and the Middle East The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected In an age of Brexit and Trump the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015 where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation establishedWith brilliant insight Peter Frankopan ta. This isn t so much a book in its own right as an updated addendum to Frankopan s The Silk Roads Essentially a long essay or thought piece it reviews recent developments to 2018 in the sphere of global politics and broadly argues that whereas the old Silk Road nations are moving towards collaboration and constructive partnerships the west is fragmenting and isolating think Brexit or Trump s America First war cries Of course Frankopan is nuanced than that Worth a read for a top level view of what s driving the world today Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, the Middle East The New Silk Roads provides a The Witchs Coven timely reminder Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross that we live in a world Great Famine that is profoundly interconnected In an age of Brexit and Trump The Color of Night the What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating Pulse (Frank Quinn, the Western world stand in sharp contrast Obsession to events along The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the Silk Roads since 2015 where Simply Napkins ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation establishedWith brilliant insight Peter Frankopan The Unconscious Civilization ta. This isn The Complete Tightwad Gazette t so much a book in its own right as an updated addendum The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to Frankopan s The Silk Roads Essentially a long essay or الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية thought piece it reviews recent developments Writing and Selling Magazine Articles to 2018 in The Strange Bird the sphere of global politics and broadly argues Cleopatras Daughter towards collaboration and constructive partnerships Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the west is fragmenting and isolating Settlers think Brexit or Trump s America First war cries Of course Frankopan is nuanced Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, than The Sphinx that Worth a read for a Tidelands (Fairmile top level view of what s driving Pretty Lucy Merwyn the world Strings today

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The New Silk Roads The Present and Future of the World

Kes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power all too often absent from headlines in the West This important and ultimately hopeful book asks us to reassess who we are and where we are in the world illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihood depe. Peter Frankopan s The Silk Roads A New History of the World was one of my favourite books of 2016A hugely ambitious history of the world told very deliberately from a viewpoint centred on the areas of Central Asia the Middle East and Southern Russia and the trade routes that linked them rather than the usual Eurocentric view and also written very much from a top down politicalmilitaryeconomic viewpoint of great people and events rather than as a social history the book proceeded chronologically but with each chapter Road themed the road to Furs Revolution Gold Empire etc I found it an excellent book albeit I thought the final chapter which tried to look at this region particularly the Central Asian stans was by far the weakest perhaps something that should have served as a warning to meThis book started out as an additional chapter to a new edition of the earlier book but turned into a book in its own right Its key aim is to examine contemporary developments in the region of the earlier book with a particular but not exclusive focus on China and Russia and how their developments are in turn playing out in countries like Pakistan Iran and the Central Asian ex Soviet republics A key area which both binds the region together and the book is China s One Belt and Road initiative which very consciously seeks to re instigate a modern day Silk Road on both land the Belt and sea the Road and to extend that Road much further afield including even Africa South and Central America and the CaribbeanThe author repeatedly contrasts the ambitious and focused foreign policy of China and Russia with their global ambitions to build infrastructure alongside alliances with what he sees as the introspective and aimless drifting of Western and Central Europe with the drift into nationalism and away from Union and the unpredictability and contradictory foreign policy of Trump era US with its repudiation of alliances The concept of the book is an excellent one the execution a different matter The book starts reasonably strongly with a chapter like the previous book all chapter titles are Road themed showing how much of European and American business and culture from trophy buildings to luxury brands to sports teams is now owned by Silk Road countries but then loses its way in a second chapter with rather unconvincing claims for the string of alliances being built among Central Asian companies much of which seems taken from press releases of rather meaningless proclamations of intent on cross country visits A third chapter concentrates on the Belt and Road before the last two chapters look at the rivalry between the US and the region and how this may play out in futureToo much of the book in fact to be honest pretty well all of it consists of page after page of summarised newspaper and internet articles Almost 50 pages of closely typed references speak to the assiduous research that has taken place but in too many cases there is a lack of really clear synthesis or critical analysis of the articlesFurther I felt the book lacked any real colour or anecdote to bring it alive It was even unclear to me at least from the text that the the author had even regularly visited the region while researching the book he seems to have been of an Internet Explorer and spent time on Twitter than in TurkmenistanOverall I have to unfortunately conclude that the author is a brilliant writer as an historian his Byzantine centric view of the Crusades was my first book of this year but of middling ability as a current affairs commentator Although the theme and premise of the book is valid and critically important it would I think have been much better covered in a combination of an Economist Special Report which would have bought rigour and structure to the factual analysis and some Sunday glossy style articles to provide some real colour

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'All roads used to lead to Rome Today they lead to Beijing'When The Silk Roads was published in 2015 it became an instant classic A major reassessment of world history it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramaticallyFollowing the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China. Conceived originally as a kind of postscript or epilogue to The Silk Roads that Frankopan released to much acclaim in 2015 this is extended essay than full book Covering the period from 2015 to 2018 as well as theorising about what may happen in the future this is an intelligent well argued evenhanded piece on the global financial political and cultural world of today He s one of those writers who make you think oh I get it now He does this not by simplifying ideas but by writing in a clear well organised style each argument backed with pertinent evidence The construction of history and contemporary journalism somewhat necessitates the framing of issues within specific boxes time periods countries genres etc But what Frankopan effectively attempted in his first book is continued in this volume highlighting the interconnectedness of the world the way one change here can influence something there that might initially seem entirely unrelated or too distanced by geography or time It s a pertinent reminder that not only is change normal but that it is essential to look globally as well as locally when thinking about how humanity is going to develop in the coming decades Regardless of whether you take his conclusions on board this is a fascinating and important evaluation of the status uo and one which offers valuable warnings or perhaps encouragement for the future depending on the way you choose to see itA must read for understanding the world as it is and as it will be ARC via Netgalley


10 thoughts on “The New Silk Roads The Present and Future of the World

  1. says:

    This is the modern version of Peter's wonderful history of Silk roads so really should be read after reading the first one Peter reck

  2. says:

    Conceived originally as a kind of postscript or epilogue to The Silk Roads that Frankopan released to much acclaim in 2015

  3. says:

    I am under whelmed and disappointed with The New Silk Roads For one I was expecting something profound Rather the author just gives us a list of news stories from the last 3 4 years and expects this to carry the book Where is the analysis? Where are the opinions? The book basically regurgitates multiple points of view without actually adding anything new I am sorely disappointed Avoid this book

  4. says:

    This isn't so much a book in its own right as an updated addendum to Frankopan's The Silk Roads Essentially a long essay or thought piece it reviews recent developments to 2018 in the sphere of global politics and broadly argues that whereas th

  5. says:

    Peter Frankopan is so on top of his subject that what he wrote in this book published in 2018 is acutely relevant than it was at the time he wrote it So often books on contemporary politics fall rapidly out of date but not this one Frankopan’s essential thesis is that China is actively stimulating development of new wealth for itself and others through massive investment projects across much of the world not just central Asia The risin

  6. says:

    A caleidoscope of sources but light on personal touches and overall analysis 25 stars rounded downThe Silkroads from Peter Frankopan is one of

  7. says:

    35 informative yet underwhelming starred read

  8. says:

    Peter Frankopan’s “The Silk Roads A New History of the World” was one of my favourite books of 2016A hugely ambitious history of the world told very deliberately from a viewpoint centred on the areas of Cent

  9. says:

    55th book for 2019Too many facts; not enough analysis2 stars

  10. says:

    Peter Frankopan has amazed us with another masterpiece book with a wide review of the important events happening in Asia and how they will affect the future This book is like an epilogue of his previous extremely interesting book but it has ma

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