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Silk Roads 5: What can an interview with Peter Frankopan tell us about the importance of learning about the Silk Roads?

This enquiry focuses on why Peter Frankopan wrote his revised world history, what his goals were and what fascinated him about this area of history.

In this lesson students will explore why Frankopan challenges traditional western historical narratives and how his focus is different to other historians due to his interest in connections rather than specific peoples, times or places.

This enquiry in essence explores with the students why it is important for them to learn a truly diverse world history.

Having discussed Frankopan’s rationale, your students will go on a write their overall answer to the question: What was traded on the Silk Roads? You model answers for your pupils before allowing them to write their own.


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