Frankopan’s Silk Road

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. "The Syrian Desert. A Camel Caravan." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-ac20-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

My review of Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World appears on the About.com site of archaeologist Kris Hirst: Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
A Book Review of Peter Frankopan’s 2015 History of the World
By N.S. Gill

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World is a general world history with an amazing breadth and depth, but it uses a focused perspective, as it ploughs the furrows of millennia of duplicity and corruption, complemented by frequent bouts of natural disaster and virulent epidemics. Political and religious organizations have been responsible for most of the man-made trouble (as well as some of the famines).

In this review, I make the statement that the book is for diplomats as well as conspiracy theorists. By this I mean, on the one hand, that diplomats could use a strong understanding of the failures of the past so they can stop acting insane — repeating the same thing while expecting a different outcome; and, on the other hand, that conspiracy theorists could use the stories of history to make more convincing arguments.

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