The Silk Roads – A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

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For various clients, I have developed a lecture on the importance of Intercultural Leadership Skills for all the parties living along China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative – the “rebirth” of the land and sea Silk Roads.  This book is an excellent analysis of how that label came to be used, and how China’s plans are but a continuation of an ancient trading imperative.  More importantly, this book shifts our understanding of history – and the future –  from a focus on Europe to a focus on all the lands between China and Europe – including seaports in Asia and Africa-  along the trading routes that are timeless.  Extremely well written!!