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Non-fiction book The silk road : The mankind is in view

At the beginning of a map. In this book, and in Peter Frankopans life. A map of the world fascinated him as a child, but in the school of English and the future historian learns much about the United Kingdom and Europe, but little about the Rest of the world. He sees the news about conflicts in distant lands, but he does not understand why there is fighting. This world is completely foreign to him, a white spot. To eliminate, he takes up as an adult. In his more than 800 pages of thick book "light from the East", he is making the brave attempt to tell the history of the world from the middle of Asia, from where much of it is created.

Now he has written consistently for his children and all the young readers of a new book: "The silk roads. A world history for children“. On the Basis of his best-selling Frankopan delivers what remained to him in his young years, failed – a history of the world, in Europe for a long time plays no role, but at most on the periphery. "I wanted a book that could tell me something about all the other places. I wanted to understand how it all hung together. ... That's why I took the decision to spend the rest of my life reading about history, and to write and to search for the Connections that explain the past better than they had been taught me as a child,“ says the author.

Before, in 16 chapters, the journey through the different "roads" begins, shows Frankopan a map of the world of antiquity, which you can see at a glance how little was going on in Europe at the time. The first cities were in Mesopotamia, Central Asia and China. The mutes on pleasing a simple way to European Arrogance towards the Rest of the world, you know, in General, relatively little.

The Aztecs were inferior to the Spaniards, hopeless and could not fight back against the conquest.Illustration: (c) Neil Packer

"The roads of antiquity" in the first Chapter, in the heart of Asia: "In ancient Mesopotamia, on the Banks of the mighty rivers Tigris and Euphrates, and the Indus valley, the first cities of humanity. The rich water supply of the Banks was vital for the residents of the established towns and cities; the people of Nineveh, Uruk, in Mesopotamia, and Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro on the Indus were so refreshed, clean and healthy take care of your business,“ writes Frankopan. In large steps, he rushes through the story, told from the realm of the mighty Persians and their rivalry with Greece, but also from the structure of the Chinese Empire under Emperor Gao and his wife Lu Zhi to 200 BC, which established the powerful Han dynasty. Here emerges quite quickly as the most important trade goods in addition to precious metals and spices, silk was often used as a portable means of payment and the global trade network the until today valid name: silk road.

Peter Frankopan has from his best-selling book "light from the East" is a magnificently illustrated version written for children, the...Illustration: (c) Neil Packer

Already in this first Chapter, in which he also the early high cultures of Mesoamerica and Africa, strips, shows Frankopan clearly that globalisation is not a term of the 20th century. or 21. Century, but already at that time applied. The trade relations were the most important and most tightly meshed network, the Association has always been the world. The prospect of good business and profit as well as curiosity on Other engines to explore the humanity since time immemorial, the territory beyond the mountain pass. In this respect, this first Chapter is programmatic. It is the "roads of faith", the "road to Chaos" and the "road leading to Islam", to name only the first one.

a Virtuoso compressed Frankopan, the findings of his thick-bodied origin to work on a concise 130 pages. This masterpiece by the great illustrations by Neil Packer, indicating also with the basic colors of the pages, the tone. So, Black stands for wars and crises.

In the last Chapter of "The new silk road" sets Frankopan on China's revival of the ancient trade route. "If we can learn something from the story, it is the fact that people in reality are often both flexible and pragmatic when it comes to planning for a peaceful future." I hope the author in this respect.

Peter Frankopan: The silk roads. A world history for children. Illustration. v. Neil Packer. From the Engl. Norbert Juraschitz. Rowohlt, Reinbek 2018. 128 pages. 20 €. From The Age Of 12.

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