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Migration in World History

3rd Edition

By Patrick Manning, Tiffany Trimmer


280 pages

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In this third edition of Migration in World History, Patrick Manning presents an expanded and newly coherent view of migratory processes, conveying new research and interpretation. The engaging narrative shows the continuity of migratory processes from the time of foragers who settled the earth to farmers opening new fields and merchants linking purchasers everywhere. In the last thousand years, accumulation of wealth brought capitalism, industry, and the travels of free and slave migrants. In a contest of civilizational hierarchy and movements of emancipation, nations arose to replace empires, although conflicts within nations expelled refugees. The future of migration is now a serious concern.

The new edition includes:

  • An introduction to the migration theories that explain the shifting patterns of migration in early and recent times
  • Quantification of changes in migration, including international migration, domestic urbanization, and growing refugee movements

  • A new chapter tracing twenty-first-century migration and population from 2000 to 2050, showing how migrants escaping climate change will steadily outnumber refugees from other social conflicts

While migration is often stressful, it contributes to diversity, exchanges, new perspectives, and innovations. This comprehensive and up-to-date view of migration will stimulate readers with interests in many fields.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations


Preface to the first edition

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the third edition

A Note on the Expression of Time

1. Introduction: modeling patterns of human migration

2. Earliest human migrations, to 40,000 BP

3. Peopling northern and American regions, 40,000 to 15,000 BP

4. Agriculture, 15,000 BP to 5000 BP

5. Commerce, 3000 BCE to 500 CE

6. Modes of movement, 500 CE to 1400 CE

7. Spanning the Oceans, 1400 to 1700

8. Labor for industry and empire, 1700 to 1900

9. Diasporas and nations in expansion, 1900 to 1980

10. Migration in global transformation, 1980 to 2050

Appendix: Migration theory and debates

References to Appendix


About the Authors

Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus, at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directed the World History Center and the Center for Historical Information and Analysis. He is a past President of the American Historical Association, and is the author of A History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System (2020); Methods for Human History: Studying Social, Cultural, and Biological Evolution (2020); and The African Diaspora: A History through Culture (2009). His research includes African population and migration, 1650–1950, and human groups in social change.

About the Series

Themes in World History

The Themes in World History series provides exciting, new and wide-ranging surveys of the important themes of world history. Each theme is examined over a broad period of time allowing analysis of continuities and change, and introduces students to historians' methods and debates in their context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
HISTORY / Historical Geography
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography