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Road Through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move

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Accessible and entertaining, Mary Soderstrom begins Road Through Time with the story of how anatomically modern humans left Africa to populate the world. She then carries us along the Silk Road in central Asia, and tells of roads built for war in Persia, the Andes, and the Roman Empire. She then sails across the seas, and introduces the first railways, all before plunking ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by University of Regina Press
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Gill
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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'Road Through Time' by Mary Soderstrom

3.5 stars/ 7 out of 10

Mary Soderstrom has taken on (successfully) an immense task with this book, where she is looking at the journeys made by humans from the earliest times, and the impacts of these journeys on the surroundings.

Most of the chapters start by imagining someone at a particular stage in history, followed by a more general look at what possibly happened at that time. I thought the sections looking at the evidence were more successful than the 'i
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Mary Soderstrom
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
From Publishers' Weekly:
"Soderstrom (Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure) gives a thought-provoking, modern overview of humanity’s grand migrations in the ancient past, framed by her own nostalgic memories of a road trip during her childhood,. Sometime between 50,000 and 80,0000 years before modern transportation, anatomically modern humans trudged their way out of Africa to every corner of the Old World not covered by ice, and then beyond. Soderstrom explores the paths these trave
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Deborah
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Man's journey starting some time between 50 000 and 80 000 years ago when man left Africa where he had always lived and started his gradual move across the world ending in South America where the book also ends in recent times with Soderstrom's journey on a modern road between the Atlantic coast at Sao Paulo to the Pacific Ocean in Peru. During the trip she appreciates the beauty around her and laments the harm man has done and is doing to the world.
I especially appreciated the imaginary stories
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Kristine
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Road Through Time by Mary Soderstrom is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early April.

This is a full anthropological and ecological study on human migration and travel (originally on trails down the west coast of North & South America, Europe to the horn of Africa, and from the northeast of China into the full coast of India, Indochina, and the north coast of Australia, then cities created/split by roads and highways). It also delves into human domestication and abodes, mining and collec
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Jo-Ann
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In a Road Through Time, the author takes us from how the first humans traveled long distances on foot to the building of modern highways. Very ambitious undertaking. Well researched and documented, including recent scientific findings. Thought provoking; in a relatively short time we have had a significant impact on the world we live in. I would have appreciated the inclusion of more maps (there was one).
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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction with 15 published books to her credit.

Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move.(University of Regina Press) was officially published in mid-April to laudatory reviews in Quill & Quire, Publishers' Weekly and The Library Journal which called it "a must-read for all interested in society, past and present."

Her mo
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