Atlas of Human Migration

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How the migration of people through the ages has shaped the course of history.

The Atlas of Human Migration explains how humans have constantly overcome environmental and physical barriers and adapted to new social, political and environmental realities. From an estimated original 10,000 to 20,000 individuals, the world population has expanded to more than six billion. This book describes how it has spread over the world.

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Overview

How the migration of people through the ages has shaped the course of history.

The Atlas of Human Migration explains how humans have constantly overcome environmental and physical barriers and adapted to new social, political and environmental realities. From an estimated original 10,000 to 20,000 individuals, the world population has expanded to more than six billion. This book describes how it has spread over the world.

The compelling stories of the world's peoples and their migrations through time are enhanced by informative annotated maps and informative timelines. Photographs, paintings and artifacts bring to life the history of human migration. In easy-to-understand language, a team of academic experts examines mass migrations -the motivations behind them, and their impact on the world.

The book includes:

  • An introduction to the main causes of human migrations
  • The economic and social effects of migrations, traditional routes, and expected future migrations
  • The prehistoric migrations of early humans
  • Indo-European expansion, the Exodus, Polynesian and Greek colonization, and the Romans
  • Medieval civilizations on the move — Barbarians, Vikings, Mongols, Arabs and the Bantu
  • Expansion through colonization, and the impact of convict ships and the slave trade
  • Industrialization and the emergence of modern empires
  • Famine, war, persecution and economic collapse in the turbulent 1800s
  • The emergence of the state of Israel, the Eastern Bloc collapse, the India and Pakistan partition, the decolonization of Vietnam and Algeria, and Africa's civil wars.

The Atlas of Human
Migration
is the definitive record of our planet's people and a volume that will be recognized immediately as an essential popular reference.

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Editorial Reviews

Embassy - Christina Leadley
This atlas does a good job of showing how, where and why people over the centuries leave their places of birth for new lands.... [It] is a well-written and well-documented chronicle of how our globalized world has come to be.
Canadian Geographic
Through compelling stories, maps andinformative timelines, this book explains how today's population of over 6 billion people have spread all over the world. Written in easy-to-understand language.
The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon) - Ted Hainworth
[The book] succeeds in placing numerous events into context, succinctly explaining how actions resulted in reactions.
The Chronicle-Journal - Linda Turk
Russell King has done a superb job as chief editor... The Atlas is at once very broad and very specific.... This valuable book is a source of big ideas and grand theories as lived by individuals just like us.
Booklist - Elaine Lindstrom
The authors' summaries of the research and explanations of what is known about the events influencing the movement of each group of people are well written and interesting. The photos and their captions enhance the text and serve to draw ina browser.... This book serves as an excellent introduction to the history of human migration.
The New York Geneaological and Biographical Record - Seth J. Booley
This atlas presents a nice combination of insightful text, explaining both large-scale and localized migrations, and full-color maps illustrating the routes taken from one place to another....Most North American geneaologists will find the chapters that are most pertinent to their research in the pages covering the colonization of the New World, the capture and movement of slaves to and within the Western hemisphere, and the mass migrations to the United States during the late nineteenth century....Geneaologist will especially appreciate the sections delving into individual ethnic and religious groups coming to the United States.
Choice - J. C. Phillips
This work offers a historical and current look at human migration in East Africa and points beyond... Maps, photographs, charts, and other illustrations in color... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers
American Reference Books Annual 2008 - Mark T. Bay
Rarely is an entire volume devoted to migration available, and seldom of this quality. Atas of Human Migration is an excellent reference resource... beautifully illustrated ... Concise yet useful text descriptions... Entries are well written, and accessible for anyone with a middle or high school level of education. Its low price puts this resource within the reach of most libraries.... Especially recommended for high school media centers, public libraries, and academic libraries supporting undergraduate student.s
BookNews
The illustrations are lovely, reminding the reader of the unity within the diversity of the human race.
Library Journal

Trim but fact-filled, this seven-chapter subject monograph presents the migratory history of humankind from early hominids onward. King (Writing Across Worlds) considers the factors that stimulate mass relocation and examines the social, economic, and cultural impact of these movements. Pertinent, subject-relevant quotes; rare period photographs; and highly detailed, full-color migratory maps make this an edifying read. In addition to a series of time lines that ribbon across each chapter's introductory pages, the book concludes with a two-page, by-year chronology of significant historical diasporas, both forced and freely chosen. Highly recommended for cultural studies and public library collections.


—Staff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554072873
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 385,378
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell King is head of the Geography Department at Sussex University in England. He has edited and contributed to numerous works, including Mass Migration in Europe, Writing Across Worlds: Literature and Migration and Exploding the Migration Myths.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Dawn of Humankind

  • The Nomadic Ape
  • Homo sapiens on the March
The Ancient World
  • The Common Tongue
  • Let My People Go
  • The People of Many Islands
  • The Greek Phenomenon
  • Rome and Its Empire
The Medieval World
  • Descent of the Barbarians
  • The Word of the Prophet
  • The Men of the North
  • Conquerors of the World
The Expanding World
  • In Search of El Dorado
  • The Middle Passage
  • A New England
  • Rogues, Vagabonds and Sturdy Beggars

The Industrial World
  • Farm and Factory
  • Empire Builders
  • Searching for Freedom Lands
  • Our Manifest Destiny
The New World
  • Huddled Masses Yearning to Be Free
  • Farewell, Dear Erin, Fare Thee Well...
  • No Tsar in America
  • All the Little Italys
  • Sojourners on the Golden Mountain
The Modern World
  • The Gulag Nation
  • A Land of Milk and Honey
  • Incompatible Gods
  • World in Flux

Chronology
Index and Acknowledgements

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Preface

Introduction

The standard dictionary definition of human migration, which usually runs along the lines of "the movement of people from one place or country to settle in another," suggests little of the depth of meaning or the scale of the phenomenon, both in the contemporary world and throughout history. The current preoccupation with controlling immigration in the so-called developed world tends to overlook the fundamental benefits that migration has brought to many places through the ages, contributing to both the economic development and the special character of many cities and even entire countries. This book tells this epic story of civilizations and their movement — of ideas and cultures that travel, and of people leaving home in search of a different and better way of life. Like all good books that seek to inform and educate, it brilliantly illuminates the "grand narrative" — of the constant thread of migration running through the weave of human history — using the fascinating detail of local case studies carefully selected from around the world.

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Introduction

Introduction

The standard dictionary definition of human migration, which usually runs along the lines of "the movement of people from one place or country to settle in another," suggests little of the depth of meaning or the scale of the phenomenon, both in the contemporary world and throughout history. The current preoccupation with controlling immigration in the so-called developed world tends to overlook the fundamental benefits that migration has brought to many places through the ages, contributing to both the economic development and the special character of many cities and even entire countries. This book tells this epic story of civilizations and their movement -- of ideas and cultures that travel, and of people leaving home in search of a different and better way of life. Like all good books that seek to inform and educate, it brilliantly illuminates the "grand narrative" -- of the constant thread of migration running through the weave of human history -- using the fascinating detail of local case studies carefully selected from around the world.

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