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Peter Frankopan

International best-selling author, one of the world’s leading historians and senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford

Peter Frankopan Biography

Peter Frankopan is the international best-selling author of “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World”, speaker and one of the world’s leading historians.

Peter’s views on globalisation can be encapsulated in his following quote “We think of globalisation as a uniquely modern phenomenon, yet 2,000 years ago it was a fact of life – one that presented opportunities, created problems, and prompted technological advance.”

The Silk Roads has been described by William Dalrymple as a ‘historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement’ (Observer) and has won many accolades including the Daily Telegraph History Book of the Year 2015, The Times Number One Non-Fiction Bestseller, Sunday Times Number One Non-Fiction Bestseller, Evening Standard Number One Bestseller and has also been a number one seller in China, India, Ireland and other countries around the World.

He is the Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Asiatic Society. Peter has held visiting Fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard) and Princeton, and has lectured at universities all over the world including Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and NYU. He writes regularly for the national and international press about current affairs and about how history helps to explain the present.

Peter chairs a collection of family businesses in the UK, France, Croatia and the Netherlands, including A Curious Group of Hotels which he set up with his wife Jessica in 1999.

He is actively involved with several charities, mainly in the areas of education, international development, gender studies and classical music. Both he and Jessica are Companions of the Guild of Benefactors at Cambridge University. He has been a Governor of Wellington College since 2006. He chairs the Frankopan Fund, which has granted more than two hundred and thirty scholarships and awards to outstanding young scholars from Croatia to study at leading academic institutions in the UK, USA and Europe.

His work includes the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia 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, The Financial Times and The Guardian and has contributed to many TV and Radio documentaries. He was recently profiled in China Daily, China’s largest English language newspaper, and in Good Times (Pakistan) about his new book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World.

He has been described in The New Statesman as ‘the history rock star du jour’.

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