13-16 June 2024

16 Jun 2024

Peter Frankopan: The Earth Transformed

When we think about history, we rarely pay much attention to the most destructive floods, the worst winters, the most devastating droughts or the ways that ecosystems have changed over time. In The Earth Transformed (The Times best history book of 2023), Peter Frankopan, one of the world’s leading historians, shows that the natural environment is a crucial, if not the defining, factor in global history. From the origins of our species to the development of religion and language and their relationships with the environment to how efforts to understand and manipulate the weather have a long and deep history, all provide lessons of profound importance. Taking us from the Big Bang to the present day and beyond, The Earth Transformed forces us to reckon with humankind’s continuing efforts to make sense of the natural world.

Peter Frankopan and Ruth Freeman


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