We think of globalisation as a uniquely modern phenomenon; yet 2,000 years ago too, it was a fact of life, one that presented opportunities, created problems and prompted technological advance

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

  1. Summary

  2. A book of two halves

  3. Modern historical context

  4. A contemporary publication

  5. A selective history

  6. Weaving back from the present

  7. The slow march of time

  8. I’m just one of many small, white indistinguishable perfectly cylindrical checker pieces in Putin and Trump’s backgammon game

  9. Comfort in the future

  10. Maps!

  11. Wanderlust