The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Category: Earth Sciences
Author: Peter Frankopan
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by Jun8   2021-02-11
I just finished the book Silk Roads (https://www.amazon.com/Silk-Roads-New-History-World/dp/11019...) which deals the history of trade between East and West in detail, a fascinating read of this article piqued your interest.
by Brawmethius   2019-07-21

I have never understood this competition to try find the worst race or historical group of slave traders.

Slave trade has occurred in practically all groups across practically all of history.

Some fun facts, the word Slave historically comes from the Slav people who were traded by Rus Vikings (later Russians); the Caucasus Range were the primary target for slave traders of the Mediterranean. If you really want to read about the value, history and trade of people/goods over thousands of years of history I suggest The Silk Road by Peter Frankopan. It will lead you to a realization that all of our ancestors fucking sucked and until very recently human rights have been mostly a laughing matter.

But slave trade was highly lucrative for thousands of years; by everyone.

Sitting here in 2019 I can't help but wonder, why do we need to point fingers at who might have been the worst hundreds of years ago, or what race they were. Why are we fighting over the crimes of dead people, when we can simply just unify against all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking.

by LazarusRises   2019-07-21

Voila!

by pseudolus   2019-07-12
Apparently the two parties signed 29 agreements covering a wide variety of areas - all of which are fairly standard and cover the standard touchstones of trade, science and culture [0]. That said, there is an undeniable symbolism in the appearance of renewing, at least nominally, a trade route which has occupied peoples' imaginations for centuries. In passing, one of the interviewees in the BBC story (Peter Frankopan) wrote a fantastic book ("The Silk Roads: A New History of the World") on the history of the Silk Road that is well worth a read. [1]

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Silk-Roads-New-History-World/dp/11019...