In the last decade, not one of the fastest growing economies was located in the western hemisphere. Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford University, discusses China's transformational changes and why we must pay attention.

Guest Biography

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University. His translation of The Alexiad was published by Penguin Classics in 2009. In 2012, his book The First Crusade: The Call from the East with Bodley Head/Vintage and was hailed as the ‘the most significant contribution to re-thinking the origins and causes of the First Crusade for a generation’ (TLS). It has since appeared in ten languages. In 2015, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was published to world-wide acclaim. It was named as one of the Books of the Year in almost every single publication in the UK. It has since been published in more than 22 languages. The Silk Roads was a Number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller, a New York Times Top 10, and topped the non-fiction charts around the world, including in China. It has been described as ‘breath-taking and addictively readable’ (Daily Telegraph); ‘astonishing’ (Vanity Fair); ‘dazzling’ (South China Morning Post); ‘not only the most important history book written for years, but the most important in decades’ (Berliner Zeitung) and ‘a magnificent book’ by the Prime Minister of France. In October 2018, an illustrated edition of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World will be published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World was published in March by Alfred A. Knopf.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Anthropological Society, the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is a special advisor at the UN and a senior advisor to the World Bank on transport corridors.

Photo of Peter Frankopan courtesy of Michael Lionstar.

Show notes:

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why curiosity may be the most important skill.
  • Learn about China's Belt and Road Initiative and why its impact could be significant.
  • Position yourself for the future by keeping an open mind toward learning about other cultures.

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