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Peter Frankopan: The Earth Transformed


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Bestselling historian Peter Frankopan appears in Melbourne to discuss climate change, catastrophe and the history of civilisation.

About the Event

The world around us has been consistently transforming, transitioning and changing. In The Earth Transformed: An Untold History, renowned British historian Peter Frankopan offers an epic exploration of how climate has shaped human history and culture since the beginning of civilisation.

Known for challenging the way we think about history, Frankopan’s latest work blends historical writing and scientific research of the world spanning 4.5 billion years: from the Big Bang to the present day and beyond.

Joined by host Sally Warhaft, Frankopan appears live at The Wheeler Centre for a revelatory discussion about the relationship between humans and nature, and how the past offers us lessons of profound importance in the face of rapid global warming.


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The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content.

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate gives you access to regular in-depth insider analysis of current affairs and today’s key debates.

Hosted by broadcaster, anthropologist and writer Sally Warhaft, this long-running series sees guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations dissect pressing questions of policy, power and public affairs.

It’s a chance to give complex local and global issues the thoughtful discussion they deserve, and hear expert analysis on today’s key conversations.

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Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller and remained in the top 10 for nine months after publicatio... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more


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