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The Silk Roads A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition

Written by Peter Frankopan

Illustrated by Neil Packer

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 History People / Places Religion / Bible Stories Warfare / Battles

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Spellbinding Silk Roads history

Adapted for a younger readership from the author’s celebrated adult book of the same name, this illustrated history of the Silk Roads, bound in a majestic gold and blue package, is the perfect present for fledging historians.

The book’s journey leads armchair adventurers along thrilling, far-reaching roads, taking in the history of ancient Persia, Constantinople, Rome, Attila the Hun, the emergence of Islam, Viking slavery, Genghis Khan, Columbus - and more - from a holistic perspective. “You might even think of the Silk Roads as the world’s central nervous system, linking all the organs of the body together”, the author suggests in the introduction, and his engaging exploration of the interplay between politics, science, religion and trade certainly gives this book far greater tang than your standard textbook. Indeed, generously spiced with exquisite illustrations and maps that inform as they enthrall, young history buffs will undoubtedly devour this pitch-perfect treasure, and grown-ups will get much from it too.

Joanne Owen

The Silk Roads A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition Synopsis

Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world. Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian, explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart - the journey along the Silk Roads.

From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads illustrated edition moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe. With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan's magnificent brand new text based on his literary triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.

The Silk Roads A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This is a really beautiful book to look at on the outside and the inside. It gives you a quick glance at some of the important things in history that you wouldn’t necessarily learn at school. Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 12)

Spellbinding and astonishing Full review

Erin Tully (Age 13)

An amazing book full of interesting historical facts. Full review

Prisha Yadav (Age 11)

The Silk Road is an intriguing infusion of history that shows how the world became like it is today. Full review

Marcus Hoang (Age 10)

This beautifully illustrated history book tells you about the silk roads and their role in the trade of goods, learning of different ways of living and sadly, wars. The author is great at describing things. You can pick this book up and learn something new each time! Unless you are a know-it-all! Full review

Lucas Blake (Age 10)

A concise yet full history of the world of trade for historians big or small! Full review

Peter Frankopan (Age 12)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526623560
Publication date: 8th July 2021
Author: Peter Frankopan
Illustrator: Neil Packer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: History, People / Places, Reference Works, Religion / Bible Stories, Warfare / Battles

About Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. He took a First in History and was Schiff Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, before completing his doctorate at Oxford, where he was Senior Scholar at Corpus Christi College. He has lectured all over the world, including at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Lahore, Astana, the UN and UNICEF. His revised translation of The Alexiad by Anna Komnene was published in 2009 and The First Crusade: The Call from the East was published in 2012. Neil Packer has illustrated many adult ...

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