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Book Club - The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

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Tue, May 01, 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Ettore's Bakery & Cafe
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento CA 95825
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Barbara Lemus, '76

In The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford University, realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward.  It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.  Frankopan vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations.

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