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Human efforts to harness the natural world and grapple with climatic change are nothing new.
Like us, our ancestors worshipped, exploited and conserved their natural environment. They had to deal with destructive floods, bitterly cold winters and devastating droughts, sparking attempts to understand and manipulate the weather.
In conversation with Kate Franklin, Peter Frankopan will reveal how the unpredictable nature of our climate and the natural world has had a profound influence on shaping the course of human history since records began.
At a time of growing awareness around the climate crisis, understanding how humans make sense of the environment has never been so important.
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College.
The Silk Roads, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and remained in the Top 10 for nine months in a row. The New Silk Roads was published by Bloomsbury in 2018 and won the Human Sciences prize of the Carical Foundation in 2019.
Kate Franklin is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include Everyday Cosmopolitanism: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia (UCPress 2021) and Landscapes and Environments of the Middle Ages (Routledge 2023).