Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford.

His translation of The Alexiad was published by Penguin Classics in 2009. In 2012, his book The First Crusade: The Call from the East was published by Bodley Head/Vintage and 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 fifteen languages.

In 2015, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was published by Bloomsbury to worldwide 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 thirty 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 sold more than 1.5 million copies and 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, Bloomsbury Children’s Books published an illustrated edition of The Silk Roads For Children. The following month, The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World, an up-to-date retelling of The Silk Roads in a changing world, was published by Bloomsbury. It won the Human Science prize of the Carical Foundation in 2019.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Anthropological Society, the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a special advisor at the UN and a senior advisor to the World Bank. Prospect Magazine named Peter One of the World’s 50 Top Thinkers in 2019.

Currently, he is working on a new book about the history of climate change.


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Books by Peter Frankopan