Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. His book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the world has been described as ‘magnificent’ (Sunday Times) ‘ dazzling’ (Guardian), ‘a rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world’ (Wall St Journal) and ‘not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades’ (Berliner Zeitung). He works on the history of trade, religion, ideas and culture, and particularly at exchanges along the Silk Roads of the past, present and future.