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Migration in World History

2nd Edition

By Patrick Manning


240 pages

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This fully revised and updated second edition of Migration in World History traces the connections among regions brought about by the movement of people, diseases, crops, technology and ideas.

Drawing on examples from a wide range of geographical regions and thematic areas, noted world historian Patrick Manning guides the reader through:

  • the earliest human migrations, including the earliest hominids, their development and spread, and the controversy surrounding the rise of homo sapiens
  • the rise and spread of major language groups (illustrated with original maps)
  • an examination of civilizations, farmers and pastoralists from 3000 BCE to 500 CE
  • trade patterns including the early Silk Road and maritime trade in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean
  • the effect of migration on empire and industry between 1700 and 1900
  • the resurgence of migration in the later twentieth century, including movement to cities, refugees and diasporas
  • the various leading theories and debates surrounding the subject of migration.

Table of Contents

Introduction: modelling 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 to 5000 BP. 5. Commerce, 3000 BCE to 500 CE. 6. Modes of movement, 500 to 1400 CE. 7. Spanning the oceans, 1400 to 1700. 8. Labor for industry and empire, 1700 to 1900. 9. Bright lights of urbanization, 1900 to 2000. Appendix. Migration Theories and Debates

About the Author

Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is Director of the World History Center and Director of the Center for Historical Information and Analysis. He is the author of The African Diaspora: A History through Culture (2009) and Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past (2003). His research includes African population and migration, 1650-1950, and an interdisciplinary history of early humanity.

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


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