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The Great Migrations: From the Earliest Humans to the Age of Globalization

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From the movement of homo erectus out of Africa one million years ago to the Aboriginal settlement of Australia around 50,000 BC; and from the barbarian invasions of early medieval Europe to the diaspora of African slaves in the early modern period, the migration of peoples has been a critical motor of change throughout human history. "The Wanderers" brings together 50 epi ...more
Hardcover, Printed case, 255 pages
Published January 28th 2008 by Quercus (first published 2008)
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Written out of necessity from a bird's eye-view, it nevertheless packs a hawk-like amount of detail to flesh out the maxim that history knoweth no greater power of change than migration. It also proves that democracy is the best form of government, but only after all other forms have been rejected. A population of sufficient size will eventually set in motion the deconstruction of any existing condition. For better and for worse. ...more
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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A nice summary (two to four pages) of about 50 large migrations in human history. The accounts mention DNA evidence for the oldest migrations, and archaeology and written records for others, as well as discussing the merits of some speculative migrations.
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