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- Listening Length: 24 hours and 14 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Aug. 2015
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B0119VB8Z4
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Audiobook – Unabridged
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International trade has enriched us in the West and made the elites in other corners of the world very wealthy but with that wealth comes exploitation, inequality and the great games of empires who seek advantage at the expense of human lives.
There are no answers here but there are lessons. We are all connected, and interdependent .
It would certainly get 5 stars, or 5+ if that were possible, but for one striking omission. Despite having several potentially very useful maps (possibly 9 or 10, all full-page or double-page) there is no index of maps. So unless you either have a superlative memory for page numbers, or maintain a written index as you go, the maps are virtually useless. This hugely detracts from the enjoyment of a book centred on a region most of us know little about, and where constant reference to maps would vastly enhance understanding. So small an omission, and yet so great.
He places central asia as the fountainhead of world history. Huns, Vandals, Turks, Seljuks, Moghals, Mongels come streaming out to east and west. Some of the later chapters, about the duplicity of the 'Great Powers' in middle-eastern affairs, make uncomfortable reading.
If I have a complaint, I would have liked an explanation of why the steppes of central asia are such a cradle of expansionist, violent hordes.