Bestselling historian and Oxford professor Peter Frankopan explores the impact of climate change across history in The Earth Transformed: An Untold History. From how the cyclical pressures of El Niño paved the fall of the Moche civilisation in South America to the volcanic eruption in Iceland that helped bring the Ottoman Empire to its knees, he brilliantly recasts human history through the lens of the natural world. Peter chats with Tim Flannery about a compelling book with a timely message – civilisations that fail to act sustainably may be met with catastrophe.
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Peter Frankopan (International)
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford, where he has been Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College since 2000. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographic Society, he is also President of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs. His books include The New Silk Roads: the Present and Future of the World, which won the Carical Prize for Social Sciences; and The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, that was a Sunday Times Book of the Decade, The New York Times Bestseller, #1 in China, India, UK and beyond, and named one of the 25 most important books translated into Chinese alongside Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. It was described by the Berliner Zeitung as 'not only the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades.' One of World's 50 Top Thinkers (Prospect), he has been described as "the rockstar historian du jour" (Sunday Times) and the "first great historian of the 21st century" by Brazil's DCM magazine.
Tim Flannery (Australian)
Tim Flannery was Australian of the Year 2007, and Australia's Climate Commissioner 2011-2013. He is Chief Councillor and co-founder of the Climate Council. He has published over 30 books, including ecological histories of Europe, Australia and North America, and has discovered and named 30 species of living mammals mostly from Melanesia.