Peter Frankopan

The greed and hypocrisy of the opium trade continue to shock

10 February 2024 9:00 am

Amitav Ghosh admits he found writing his history difficult because of the obscene profiteering and suffering he had to cover

Red alert in the Red Sea

13 January 2024 9:00 am

Central Europe has shaped our culture for centuries – yet we still find the region baffling

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Central Europe has shaped our history for centuries – but will the West always find it baffling, wonders Peter Frankopan

Is Putin winning? The world order is changing in his favour

4 March 2023 9:00 am

The world order is changing in his favour

What, if anything, unites Asia as a continent?

18 February 2023 9:00 am

Is it merely a European construct – and what, if anything, do its diverse peoples have in common, wonders Peter Frankopan

The war that changed the world in the early seventh century

18 September 2021 9:00 am

It was not a war to end all wars, writes James Howard-Johnston at the start of this illuminating and thought-provoking…

Most people who call themselves Caucasian know nothing about the Caucasus

11 September 2021 9:00 am

A magnificent new history of the Caucasus earns Peter Frankopan’s highest praise

The Khazret Sultan Mosque in the sparkling new city of Astana, built at a breathtaking pace to replace Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty

Kazakhstan is about the size of Europe — but we know almost nothing about it

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Kazakhstan, say signs by the side of the road in this vast Central Asian country, is ‘a land of unity…

The First Opium War: The East India Company’s Nemesis and other boats destroy the Chinese war junks in Anson Bay, 7 January 1841 [Bridgeman Art Library]

Global Britain was built as a narco-empire

4 August 2018 9:00 am

China, wrote Adam Smith, is ‘one of the richest, that is, one of the most fertile, best cultivated, most industrious…