Peter Frankopan

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Peter Frankopan to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Historian Dr. Peter Frankopan.

Dr. Peter Frankopan is an acclaimed historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.

Dr. Frankopan is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Royal Asiatic Society.

He works on 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’ by Anna Komnene written in the 12th century for Penguin Classics (2009).

His book ‘The First Crusade: The Call from the East’ (2012), which has been referred to as a “groundbreaking book, countering nearly a millennium of scholarship” revealing the untold history of the First Crusade was published in 2012, and since has been translated into Polish Dutch and Italian.

The First Crusade: The Call from the East by Dr. Peter Frankopan.

‘The most significant contribution to re-thinking the origins and causes of the First Crusade for a generation’ – Mark Whittow, Times Literary Supplement

His latest book ‘The Silk Roads: A New History of the World’ (2015) is an international bestseller, named The Daily Telegraph’s History Book of the Year 2015; Guardian/Observer, Book of the Year 2015; Bloomberg Business: Best Books of 2015; Sunday Times: The Year’s Finest Books 2015, History Today: Books of the Year 2015 and in July 2016, the paperback topped the Sunday Times Non-Fiction charts.

The Silk Roads by Dr. Peter Frankopan

Drawing on sources from 15 languages, this monumental book is a major reassessment of world history, ‘The Silk Roads: A New History of the World’ is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east. For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches – taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture and shaping the modern world.

Peter suggests that instead of seeing History as a euro-centric triumph of the west, we should appreciate that it was the east and Asia that fundamentally shaped the world we live in today.

If you have an hour to immerse yourself into this journey of historical re-discovery enjoy this lecture at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery presenting Dr Peter Frankopan – The Silk Roads: Questioning the Eurocentric view of history.

‘Monumental…prodigious…astonishing. Frankopan is an exhilarating companion for the journey along the routes which conveyed silk, slaves, ideas, religion, and disease, and around which today may hang the destiny of the world’ – Vanity Fair

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 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.

Peter is also a hotelier being chair to the family businesses, A Curious Group of Hotels, located in the UK, France, Croatia and the Netherlands, which he set up with his wife Jessica in 1999.

Peter Frankopan at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss meeting Dr. Peter Frankopan at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017. His events will be announced in November 2016 … Please click the FOLLOW button below to receive email updates as festival news and announcements are published.