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“Once upon a time, Europe wasn’t the center of anything,” Peter Frankopan contends, placing Central Asia and its prolific Silk Roads at the center of world development. Frankopan tells us how the Silk Roads were more than just ancient trade routes—they were a network of arteries that connected continents and people by spreading economic, scientific, religious, and cultural goods and ideas. Frankopan is senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford; director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research; and author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. 

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Peter Frankopan. Photo: Johnny Ring

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PETER FRANKOPAN: We don’t have very much silver, there’s almost no gold in Europe. Spices, peppe...

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