The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World and Globalisation Began

Thu 24 Sep

Thursday, 24 September 2020

7.30pm - 8.30pm

In Conversation | Online Only

The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World and Globalisation Began

Renowned historians Valerie Hansen and Peter Frankopan discuss the birth of globalisation and the impact that it had on those who lived 1,000 years ago.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
The Year 1000


When the Vikings set foot on present-day Canada a millennia ago, 10,000 years of North American isolationism ended and globalisation was truly born. Goods, people, ideas and technologies could flow between Afro-Eurasia and the Americas for the first time.

Join Valerie Hansen as she discusses the profound effects of this new era of globalisation. Cross-cultural exchange allowed the world’s four most popular religions - Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism - to gain a widespread following. Traditional ways of life were cast aside, and foreign goods and resources became more accessible than ever before.

Valerie Hansen will be in conversation with Peter Frankopan, historian and bestselling author of The Silk Roads and The New Silk Roads. Both historians have made huge contributions to our understanding of globalisation and transnational history.

Valerie Hansen is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University, where she teaches Chinese and World History. She is the author of The Silk Road: A New History and The Open Empire. The Year 1000 is her first book aimed at a popular audience.

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University. He works on the history of the Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and China. He is the author of the bestselling books The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World.

A copy of Valerie Hansen's book The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World and Globalisation Began can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Thursday, 24 September 2020
7.30pm - 8.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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