Peter Frankopan read History at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was Foundation Scholar, Schiff Scholar and won the History Prize in 1993. He was Senior Scholar at Corpus Christi College before moving to Worcester College as Junior Research Fellow. Peter is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where is also Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He has been Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford since 2000. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Peter has held visiting Fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard) and Princeton, and has lectured at universities all over the world including Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and NYU. He is on the board of the Delphi Academy of European Studies. In 2018, Peter was a judge of the Runciman Award, the EBRD Literature Prize and the Cundill Prize, and was a Guest Curator of the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Since 2016, Peter has been involved with the ‘Bridge for Cities’ Programme of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation). In 2017, Peter was appointed Senior Advisor and Academic Expert to a major project for the World Bank and Department for International Development (DFID) on Transport Corridors in South Asia. In 2017, he was Scaliger Visiting Professor at Leiden University. In the fall of 2017, he was Presidential Scholar at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
He chairs the Frankopan Fund, which has granted more than two hundred and ninety scholarships and awards to outstanding young scholars from Croatia to study at leading academic institutions in the UK, USA and Europe.
The New Silk Roads – a brand new book by Peter Frankopan – takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today.
The world is changing dramatically and 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, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established.
Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, 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 this prescient contemporary history, Peter Frankopan assesses 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 reread who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihoods depend.
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