PQC: While it is a truly well researched written book from a new historical perspective. One important thing the Author somehow glossed over or rather even did not put under microscope is the definition of victory and success in a neo-great-chess-game. The Jewish US led West did not fail in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or even Syria. They have achieved their objectives: Chaos, destruction, and pushing these countries back to square one. The classic-great-chess-game has been replaced by the neo-one with a new prime player, the Jews. The New World Order has been set and run not by a nation- old imperialist ideal, or a group of nations but by a group of individuals, who use the statist power structure as their tools to implement their social-political convictions, as of chosen ones, on the whole humanity. The USA has been chosen as their Head quarter for its economic and military might.
We are the product of a history in which we have always given ourselves the leading role, as a result we can’t seem to see the connection between our actions and the changes around us. Before we can understand where the world is headed we need to look back.
Frankopan holds up a mirror to us that shows us unexpected portrait of our Western civilization and the way we perceive our position in the world, he explains in this film why we must adapt.Our western ideal is under great pressure and we can do nothing to influence it, we take refuge in our everyday lives and hide behind new borders, we can’t seem to cope in a world in which we increasingly feel out of place. No wonder says British historian Peter Frankopan author of the bestseller
The Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan
THE SILK ROADS: A NEW HISTORY OF THE WORLD by Peter Frankopan. Bloomsbury. $29.99.
Reviewer: MARK THOMAS
The temptation in writing any book subtitled “a new history of the world” is to be doggedly, defiantly iconoclastic, to seek out a new take or a new spin on events, to suss out a new trove of documents, to demolish the conventional wisdom, and to study obscure languages in search of esoteric perspectives from exotic places.
Peter Frankopan, an expert on the Byzantine empire and the author of an excellent (and iconoclastic) account of the first Crusade, is well placed to take on all those scholarly tasks. His organising notion is that “for millennia, it was the region lying between East and West, linking Europe with the Pacific, that was the axis on which the globe spun”. In Frankopan’s judgment, the Silk Roads (and his plural is critical) comprise “a bridge between East and West, at the very crossroads of civilisation”.
“These pathways serve as the world’s central nervous system.”
By Silk Roads, Frankopan refers to both the land routes from the Middle East through central Asia and to the maritime passages connecting the countries clustered around the Mediterranean with the Indian and Pacific oceans. In effect, that remit gives Frankopan a licence to talk about an exceptionally, eclectically, eccentrically wide range of subjects. He even discusses issues where there was neither silk nor roads involved.
The way to carry off this version of general, global history is, first of all, to be categorical. In that vein, Frankopan declares that “the underlying secret to Dutch success in the seventeenth century was common sense and hard work”. The first Thanksgiving in New England is here transformed into “a commemoration of a campaign against globalisation”.
The second essential component in a global history is to tell the reader weirdly offbeat, off-key facts of which we were previously unaware. Who knew that Chinese texts on arithmetic helped Leibniz work out his binary system? Who has ever heard of the towns of Merv and Rayy, both of which Frankopan takes quite seriously, or Venice’s insistence that the cost of its loans should be redeemed by the grant of a good-sized square in every city within the Kingdom of Jerusalem? Why is nobody aware that the Ghuzz tribe, north of Baghdad, were dismissed on the picky basis that “they do not worship God, nor do they have any recourse to reason”?