Tracking Global History (06:47)
Historian Peter Frankopan traces events and developments through history to better understand history on a global scale. He believes the old silk routes from the Middle East and Asia will reemerge as the west losses it dominance over the world.
Center of the World (03:56)
Western cultures throughout history have viewed themselves as the center of the world. Frankopan believes the west is underestimating the development of the eastern world.
Religion and History (05:07)
About 1,000 years ago, the east was greatly out producing the western world. Frankopan explains how the rise of Christianity and Islam affected the two parts of the world. At the time, Baghdad was the wealthiest city in the world.
History of Labor (04:18)
Frankopan connects outsourcing jobs to historical slave routes and methods of employing free labor. Europe's desire to innovate led to the discovery of new markets and resources.
Control of Resources (06:16)
Frankopan connects religion and expansion to the prevalence for European violence throughout the world. Europeans have seized gold from newly discovered America and oil in the modern Middle East the same way. Many borders in the Middle East were drawn because of western oil interests.
The Cold War (05:54)
The Americans and the Soviets meddled in the Middle East frequently during the Cold War era. Frankopan outlines how the situation led to Iran's nuclear program and the U.S. involvement of Iraq.
Western Dominance (04:11)
Frankopan believes western powers did not consider the consequence of them asserting dominance over the world. It has had lasting negative effects on much of the world.
Rise of Isolationism (09:12)
Frankopan believes the western powers are becoming more isolationists because of their need to be the best. Many countries believe the United States and Europe are not needed to solve global problems. He believes the golden age of the west is ending.
Credits: The New Silk Route (00:47)
Credits: The New Silk Route
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