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Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. 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.
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Atomic Steppe
How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb
Togzhan Kassenova - 2022-02-15
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Atomic Steppe tells the untold true story of how the obscure country of Kazakhstan said no to the most powerful weapons in human history. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the marginalized Central Asian republic suddenly found itself with the world's fourth largest nuclear arsenal on its territory. Would it give up these fire-ready weapons—or try ...
Peter Frankopan
@_ooo0OOOO0ooo_ @KingsSilkRoads @Misheru45 @tkassenova @Dept_of_POLIS @CambridgeFames @REESOxford @CCAForum @Stanford @KxCampbell @duturaeva @DalrympleWill @OxusSociety @CentralAsiaCAIS @IranChinaGuy Good book ?! It's a GREAT book !!!      source
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The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics
Adam Rutherford - 2022-11-15
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Discover the controversial history and modern-day significance of eugenics in Control. Geneticist Adam Rutherford reveals how this theory, inspired by Darwin's ideas, was embraced by presidents and Gilded Age monopolists and even became the ideological cornerstone for the Third Reich. Despite its horrific past, eugenics still figures large as modern genetics advances. Rutherford dissects recurring questions about the effectiveness of eugenics in Nazi Germany and its validity today, exposing the intellectual bankruptcy of the idea and the scientific impossibility of its realization.
Peter Frankopan
99p. What a bargain. A fantastic book - thoughtful, provocative and beuatifully written....      source
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The Slow Road to Tehran
A Revelatory Bike Ride through Europe and the Middle East
Rebecca Lowe - 2022-03-24
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A woman takes an 11,000-kilometer bicycle journey across the troubled Middle East, documenting her encounters with the landscapes, history, culture, and people she encounters along the way. Through challenges such as temperature extremes and repressive police states, she survived through the kindness and hospitality of the locals. This richly entertaining and evocative travelogue offers enlightening insights into the beauty, complexities, and humanity of the region.
Peter Frankopan
@reo_lowe Great book ! 👏👏👏      source
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Magnificent Rebels
The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self
Andrea Wulf - 2022-09-13
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Discover the inspiring story of the remarkable group of rebels who transformed our world forever. A band of young poets, novelists, and philosophers in 18th century Germany put the self at center stage, sparking conversations about identity, freedom, and the creative potential of the individual. Through their epic quarrels, passionate love stories, and radical ideas, they launched Romanticism onto the world stage and inspired some of the greatest thinkers of the time. This exhilarating book explores the modern tensions between the dangers of selfishness and the possibilities of free will.
Peter Frankopan
@andrea_wulf @spectator Absolute pleasure - such a glorious book and achievement 👏👏👏      source
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You Are History
from the Alarm Clock to the Toilet, the Amazing History of the Things You Use Every Day
Greg Jenner - 2022-11-03
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Exploring the hidden history in everyday objects, this hilarious and fascinating book uncovers surprising facts about everything from alarm clocks to toilets. Written by popular historian and podcaster Greg Jenner, readers will learn about the first biscuit tin TV, the anti-war movement sparked by paperclips, and even how cat poo was once used as a fashion statement. With humorous illustrations and entertaining stories, this unconventional history book is a must-read for anyone curious about the world around them.
Peter Frankopan
This is brilliant - such a wonderful book for young, old and everyone in between. Happy publication day @greg_jenner ! 👏👏👏      source
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The New Cold War
Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West
Edward Lucas - 2008-02-19
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Discover how Russia transformed from a budding democracy to a repressive regime under the leadership of Vladimir Putin. Former Moscow Bureau Chief for The Economist, Edward Lucas, offers a harrowing portrait from inside Russia and a sobering political assessment of what the New Cold War will mean for the world. Learn how Russia is pursuing global energy markets, coercing neighboring nations, silencing journalists and dissidents, defrauding foreign investments and private enterprises, and planning Putin's new role as prime minister. With new and reported material, The New Cold War brilliantly anticipates what is in store for the new Russia and what the world should be doing.
Peter Frankopan
Re-reading this brilliant book by @edwardlucas - almost 15 years old. And spot on about pretty much everything.      source
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The Bright Ages
A New History of Medieval Europe
Matthew Gabriele, David M. Perry - 2021-12-07
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A popular history book that challenges the common misperceptions of the European Middle Ages, revealing the beautiful side of this complex and fascinating period. The Bright Ages takes readers on a journey through 10 centuries, revisiting familiar events and people with new insights. From the rise of Byzantium and the genius of Hildegard to the power of queens and the epic poem of Dante, this book sheds new light on a world "lit only by fire". With its beautiful illustrations and fresh perspective, The Bright Ages is an engaging read for anyone curious about the past.
Peter Frankopan
@prof_gabriele @Lollardfish @harperbooks It’s a terrific book 👏👏👏      source
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Underground Asia
Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire
Tim Harper - 2020-07-02
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Explore the untold story of how modern Asia emerged from the shadowy networks of revolutionaries who fought against European imperialism in the early twentieth century. This epic tale follows the interconnected lives of the most remarkable Marxists, anarchists, and nationalists, including Ho Chi Minh and Tan Malaka, as they built clandestine webs of resistance from imperial capitals to the front lines of insurgency. Discover a world of stowaways, false identities, secret codes, cheap firearms, and conspiracies as these revolutionaries fought with subterfuge, violence, and persuasion to shape Asia's destiny to this day.
Peter Frankopan
@jwassers @DalrympleWill @longbui1981 @sewellchan @jennyschuessler @Sven_Beckert @mkazin Love this book - great review Jeff !      source
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Children of Ash and Elm
A History of the Vikings
Neil Price - 2020-03-05
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Discover the true Vikings as never before with Children of Ash and Elm. Neil Price's latest history book takes readers through the period between 750 and 1050, where the Vikings redefined lands from Asia to eastern North America. Utilizing fresh archaeological and textual research, Price shares the Vikings' politics, cosmology, and culture as seen through their eyes. Meet the likes of Björn Ironside and Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, and leave distorted caricatures behind.
Peter Frankopan
@IanHanke It’s a wonderful book.      source
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