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The Silk Roads
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World | Peter Frankopan
This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement. William Dalrymple, The Guardian The epic history of the crossroads of the worldthe meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization 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 centurythis book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. He 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. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Hardcover edition.
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Lynnsoprano
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I have a feeling I‘m going to need to read this more frequently than just at our weekly #booksandcoffee.

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Lynnsoprano
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It feels strange to be bringing this for our weekly #booksandcoffee. After reading European history for the past few months, it‘s like shifting gears. But it‘s already fascinating.

DGRachel Ooh, I have this on my TBR. I can‘t wait to hear what you think. 😍 2w
Lynnsoprano @DGRachel I‘m not far into it, but it‘s beautifully written. I just wish it had maps. 2w
Crazeedi Lynn this one looks interesting, will wait to see what you say! 2w
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Lynnsoprano
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#nextup This book belongs to @Alisnazzy , and it‘s been calling to me for a couple months. Since I finished my nonfiction read, I‘m ready to start this #chunkster.

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Rambo_Reads
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Needed something new to listen to while I taught myself how to reupholster some chairs
(I'm not very good at being crafty so I'm quite chuffed with how these have turned out)

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jenlbean
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Great book that covers a vast portion of time, from Mesopotamia to today, along the silk road. It is a thorough and unbiased account of history and I found it eye opening. It was written in a manner that I felt educated, but I could still read it aloud to my 8 year old son and he could comprehend most of the information as well.

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Weaponxgirl
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😂😂😂😂

LeahBergen 😆😆 10mo
julesG 😁😁😁 10mo
eraderneely Antioch, Jerusalem, and Roger of Sicily all cane up in my book today too! 10mo
Weaponxgirl @eraderneely did anyone fart at anyone else in reply to their bad ideas too? 😂 10mo
eraderneely No. And now I‘m incredibly disappointed that they did not! 10mo
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Purpleness
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Finished this really interesting look at world history! #24in48

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Purpleness
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We are all directly affected by the power politics going on thousands of miles away. #24in48

suzisteffen Isn‘t THAT the truth. 11mo
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Weaponxgirl
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I found this interesting.
Well I did terrible in the #24in48 due to work, the theatre and then waking up sick which meant all I did was nap on and off so I only managed about 6hours overall.
I will try again next time but well done to everyone who read loads!

biblio_ginger 6 hours is still great! Reading is reading! 😁 11mo
Weaponxgirl @biblio_ginger thanks 😄 was just disappointed I couldn‘t make any headway in certain books due to my eyes constantly refusing to stay open. 11mo
biblio_ginger Yeah that's rough 😔 I depend a lot on audio books 11mo
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Weaponxgirl @biblio_ginger they were what reading I did do! 😂 11mo
GingerAntics This totally still happens by Christians in America. Christians want to teach creationism, they claim science has never proven anything. The sane parents are still the Middle Eastern ones. Some of them may put a ton of pressure on their kids to do well and go into medicine (like plenty of other parents), but they would never not want their kids to learn the sciences. I‘ve never seen that. (edited) 11mo
Weaponxgirl @GingerAntics creationism drives me insane! Like how? This book is taking it from a European standpoint mainly. As he is an English historian he is talking about it from that standpoint and how ideas are filtered to us in the uk. 11mo
GingerAntics Oh okay. That makes more sense. I‘m not sure the east is anti science the way Christianity has traditionally been. 11mo
GingerAntics Oh we have crazy people here who say that creationism is the only answer to all the questions. I feel like the education their giving their children shouldn‘t count as an appropriate education. They are so ill equipped to survive in the world. 11mo
Weaponxgirl It really shouldn‘t count. Science is great! 11mo
RachelO Hope you‘re feeling better today 🌼 11mo
Weaponxgirl @RachelO thankyou 😊 still ill but I‘m on a get better for work tomorrow rampage 11mo
iread2much If you are interested in this you might want to try god against the gods. the book focuses on that concept and it‘s one of my favorites (edited) 11mo
Weaponxgirl @iread2much thanks 😊 I‘ve just stacked it. 11mo
lyradora I second the recommendation for God Against the Gods. Another great book in a similar vein is The Rise and Fall of Alexandria by Pollard. 😊 11mo
Weaponxgirl @lyradora thankyou, will also pop on the tbr 11mo
iread2much @Weaponxgirl you‘re welcome 😊 I hope you enjoy it 10mo
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Purpleness
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Finally off to bed, satisfied at the dent I‘ve made in The Silk Roads. #24in48

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Purpleness
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Doing better than I thought I would, considering I had to work this afternoon. #24in48

Soubhiville Nice! 11mo
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Purpleness
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Book “stack” for #24in48! Heavy on short, light audio books to balance out my chunkster non-fiction.

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Berryfan
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I really enjoyed this analysis both of the obvious importance in the distant past but showing its current relevance. For a history of this vital trade route, this book cannot be beat. It‘s also very well written.

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jenlbean
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Homeschool history time. I love read aloud time with my son.

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Purpleness
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I‘m trying to picture this, and I have so many questions. How was he able to articulate this with all of his fingers in his mouth? Even if he could say it, how did he make it sound angry and serious, rather than ridiculous?

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Purpleness
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It is easy to mould the past into a shape that we find convenient and accessible.

BookishMarginalia The present too, me thinks. 11mo
suzisteffen This book sounds amazing. Will put it on my list! 11mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m reading this at the moment too! Been taking my time with it as it has a lot of information inside 😁 11mo
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The Silk Roads is something I‘ve been interested in for quite some time but never took the time to do some real research into it. It‘s great to have time now to get more reading done!

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Andno.86
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Stephthebibliophile
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This was a very informative read. It didn‘t always keep my attention but I still got a lot out of it.

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PippoRanito
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"But while the Crusade is chiefly remembered as a war of religion, its most important implications were worldly. The first great struggle between the powers of Europe for position, riches and prestige in faraway lands was about to begin, triggered by the realisation of the prizes on offer. Things had shifted in such a way that, suddenly, the west was about to drag itself closer to the heart of the.world."

Sharp and scholarly!

#history #world

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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚💕 1y
Bookspirit 😊👋Welcome to Litsy and Congrats on becoming a Litten👏☺ 1y
VenmariPasinos Welcome to the famiLitsy! 📚❤ 1y
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Vikz
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My morning read/listen for #deweys24hourreadathon. How is your reading going.

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Yossarian
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Sort of overselling itself as it constantly claims that what is happening in the Middle East and South Asia is more important than the “old” history of just Europe. It‘s awesome in the time periods it is true, and even better in showing how the European Age of Discovery devastated South Asia. But other parts need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Yossarian
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I fell asleep last night with my book open and my timer going, so it ran all night and is 6 or 7 hours more than I actually read. #24in48 #AGoodNightsSleepIsImportantTooThough

I‘m going to leave it, though.

rmaclean4 My phone updated and stopped my timer at 10 hours last night. I read for 2 more hours but have switched timer apps. What timer app do you use? 2y
drokka Of course it counts, it's reading through osmosis. 2y
Yossarian @rmaclean4 I don‘t know. Whatever comes with the clock on my iPhone. 2y
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Yossarian
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A quarter of the way into the #24in48 Readathon, and i am 4 hours behind, but as I see it, I‘m over a third of the way to my benchmark, with only a quarter of the time gone, so I‘m on track for catching up.

Also, Rome and Persia beat each other up through the middle of the 600s, opening the door for the new Arab Muslims to outflank both Empires.

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Oblomov26
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I managed to get two thirds of the way through this book, not because I didn't like the book, but because it was not what I thought it would be. I wanted a history of the Silk Road, this book is more a world history with a focus somewhere between Europe and Central Asia. I know world history, I recognise the Eurocentric view of most such books, I know about the importance of Asia, I was looking for a synthesis that this did not quite deliver.

Varske I was also disappointed towards the end. Though I thought his structure (chapters on different specs) was more interesting than just a chronology. Surprised there was not a mention of Israel. 2y
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Oblomov26
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My latest challenge- the subject fascinates me, but the length is daunting

margaux.andrea I bought this on audio just because the length is so daunting, I'm sure I would never begin it. I find nonfiction to be more engaging on audio anyways. 2y
JazzFeathers Is it nice? I've always been fascinated with the Silk Road 😊 2y
GFB I read it in big chunks, going back and forth as geography or history appealed to me in the moment 😊 2y
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LubicaP
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Fascinating historical nuggets in the first half. The aecond half focuses mostly on the politics of oil. Will make you think about how certain actions are seen differently in different parts of the world. Well worth a read.

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Lillie
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"A glorious read. . . . Frankopan is an exhilarating companion for the journey along the routes which conveyed silk, slaves, ideas, religion, and disease, and around which today may hang the destiny of the world." - Vanity Fair

So excited to find this book. The Silk Road has been a lifelong fascination of mine.

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mrsmarch

"Christians and Jews who argued with each other about religion were crazy, records another verse in the Qur'an; [...] Division was the work of Satan, Muhammad's text warned; never allow disagreement to take hold --- instead, cling together to God, and never be divided."

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Littens, it's past Easter. I shouldn't be so cold that I coax the dog in to the blanket with me along with a hot water bottle in an attempt to be warm. Don't mind us, we'll be over here reading! #corgisoflitsy

DGRachel I'm sorry you're cold, but what a cute blanket buddy! 3y
mrsmarch @DGRachel Thanks! She's my old lady. In the few minutes since I took this photo she's squirmed around so she's "tucked in" with her head on her favorite headrest, my ankles. What did we do to deserve dogs?! 3y
DGRachel @mrsmarch I don't know, but I'll always be grateful for them. 💗💗 3y
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KarenUK That face 😍💕 3y
Tanner Awww, so sweet! 3y
CouronneDhiver Very cute! 3y
Samwise_Gamgee ❤️ 3y
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mrsmarch
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Picked this up at #BN this afternoon. I'm really keen this year to learn more from the perspective of East looking West, including the infamous Silk Road that first connected the two worlds through trade. This tome seems to cover from Viking Rus to the fall of Saddam Hussein and beyond. #booksncorgs #corgisoflitsy #booksnwine

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Balibee146
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Super cheap today for Kindle at Amazon UK - instant purchase :-)

LauraBeth I've been wanting to read this one forever! 3y
Balibee146 @LauraBeth me too. Nearly bought it so many times. When i saw it today for just a few pennies over a quid i snapped it up :-) 3y
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AnneDromeda
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Parts of this book read like a National Geographic special, but with humans instead of animals. I'm into it.

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Eugeniavb
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That's Khiva, Usbekhistan. One of the "forgotten" places along the legendary Silk road. I've always wanted to travel it, so the title of this book caught my attention right away. But it's so much more than that! This is one of the best history books I've ever read. To be able to write a book that scopes from ancient Mesopotamia to the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan and to do it well and in such an entertaining fashion! A must #historyread!

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Eugeniavb
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Better late than never! Still halfway there but this is one of the best #nonfiction and #historyread that I've read maybe ever. Fascinating and entertaining way of looking at the history of the world from a less western pespective and giving commerce the focus it deserves in the development of society. #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

LauraBeth This sounds good! 3y
writerlibrarian I've just got this one last week. 😀 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#bookssetinasia for #somethingforsept #bookphotochallenge looking at my collection of ones I've read or bought and need to read, I think I really need to start reading more books set in or from Asia, because I obviously haven't read very many.

shawnmooney I might suggest burning or otherwise destroying 3 Cups of Tea as it's been exposed as a complete fraud. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shawnmooney darn it! And I didn't even read it yet! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm The Wild Swan, a must read for books set in Asia! Put that to the top of your pile :) 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm Yeah, heard about Three Cups of Tea. Not going to read it :( 3y
shawnmooney @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read it years ago, and my Mom donated $$ to that charlatan (Obama gave his Nobel prize money to him too). I see red everytime I see or hear about that book! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shawnmooney That's horrible! No wonder I picked up the book at the book sale cheap, LOL. At least my money went to the library! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @erzascarletbookgasm Wild Swans I have read! I read it years ago and it is excellent! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shawnmooney I guess that's one more off my to-read list.... Any others I should just ditch that you know of? 3y
BooksForEmpathy Cool collage! 3y
SiriGuruDevSingh Felt like such an idiot having gotten all inspired and choked-up over Three Cups of Tea. Not cool to lie like that...😡 3y
shawnmooney Thankfully, this kind of deceit is not common - so I don't have a long hate-list. :) 3y
ReadingOver50 The Great Zoo of China was awesome. I had forgotten about that one 3y
SiriGuruDevSingh I feel bad now after Googling and seeing that the author of Three Cups of Tea has actually done a lot for schools in remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, apologized profusely for all exaggerations (claiming it was done in an attempt to stop at nothing to help the project)—and the co-author committed suicide. 3y
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Eugeniavb
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"The centuries that followed the emergence of Europe as a global power were accompanied by relentless consolidation and covetousness...The strong devoured the weak. Competition and military conflict were endemic to Europe...It was not for nothing that world war and the worst genocide in history had their origins in Europe; these were the latest chapters in a long-running story of brutality and violence." #historyread

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Eugeniavb
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#bliss 📖☕️🍰

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theresemaxwell
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How the history of the world was influenced by the The Silk Roads. Amazing and easy read.

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Eugeniavb
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At no time does the world and yourself seem worse than at 2 am when you can't sleep. So I pull out my #kindle and transport myself to the market cities of the Abbasid caliphate in the tenth century instead. #litsyafterdark

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Eugeniavb
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So much for globalization and cultural appropriation being new. This is the time of Alexander the Great we're talking about!

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Eugeniavb
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New kindle alert! It's called Kindle oasis, it's tiny (as in smaller than my hand, I swear) and the cover has a battery in it, so combined the battery lasts for months! You heard it: MONTHS! Love it, just got it, going into my purse so it can always always always be with me ☺️📚❤️

Varshitha I got my kindle this week too, really enjoying it.. 3y
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DrAimz
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A Roman general, sending a letter home, described Britain as "grim, fruitless and isolated".
Some things never change, then.

Utterly devastated and ashamed to English right now. I'm finding Frankopan's awesome history very comforting.
#Brexit #notinmyname

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Waterstones
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A fascinating and different look at the history of the world, focusing on the routes of trade and the influence of the east instead of the Western viewpoint usually portrayed. An incredible achievement. The Silk Roads is our Non Fiction Book of the Month.

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Maz
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Fascinating

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Gemofftheshelves
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A beautiful cover for this paperback - due out in the UK in June. Our view of history is usually dominated by a Europe centred view of events - this book aims to look at it from a different perspective. 📖 It's going to be a bestseller!

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