For centuries, fame and fortune used to be to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. As of late, it’s the east which calls out to those looking for adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture – and is shaping the brand new world., This region, the real centre of the earth, is difficult to understand to many in the English-speaking world. Yet that is where civilization itself started, where the world’s great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together., Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This used to be where empires were won – and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia., The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is the most important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.