Peter Frankopan

Professor & Author

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

He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009).

Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, Financial Times Guardian, and has a regular column in the London Evening Standard. He has been profiled in China Daily, China’s largest English language newspaper and in Good Times (Pakistan).

Peter’s book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is an international bestseller, described by William Dalrymple as a ‘historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement’ (Observer). His latest book is The New Silk Roads.


New Silk Roads: Peter Frankopan

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Peter Frankopan’s first book The Silk Roads is a masterpiece combining history, politics, economics and the finest storytelling, to create a magic evocation of the ancient silk roads from Istanbul to Shanghai. Now with the unveiling of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing aims to recreate the Silk Roads with the world’s biggest infrastructure plan […]


Why History Matters

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This year it was announced that history would be removed from our school Junior Cert curriculum as a compulsory subject. For many this is a travesty, for others it is the march of progress and part of an essential shift towards science, maths and technology. But what about the expression “those who don’t know their […]