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The human tide : how population shaped the modern world

Author: Paul Morland
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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A dazzling new history of the irrepressible demographic changes and mass migrations that have made and unmade nations, continents, and empires The rise and fall of the British Empire; the emergence of America as a superpower; the ebb and flow of global challenges from Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Soviet Russia. These are the headlines of history, but they cannot be properly grasped without understanding the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Morland
ISBN: 9781541730243 1541730240 9781541788381 1541788389
OCLC Number: 1085890277
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 344 pages) : portrait
Contents: Part one: Population and history. Introduction --
The weight of numbers --
Part two: The gathering tide: among the Europeans. The triumph of the Anglo-Saxons --
The German and Russian challenges --
The passing of the 'great race' --
The West since 1945: from baby-boom to mass immigration --
Russia and the Eastern Bloc from 1945: the demography of Cold War defeat --
Part three: The tide goes global beyond the Europeans. Japan, China and East Asia: the ageing of giants --
The Middle East and North Africa: the demography of instability --
Nothing new under the sun?: final frontiers and future vistas --
Appendix I: How life expectancy is calculated --
Appendix II: How the total fertility rate is calculated.
Responsibility: Paul Morland.

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A dazzling new history of the irrepressible demographic changes and mass migrations that have made and unmade nations, continents, and empires The rise and fall of the British Empire; the emergence of America as a superpower; the ebb and flow of global challenges from Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Soviet Russia. These are the headlines of history, but they cannot be properly grasped without understanding the role that population has played. The Human Tide shows how periods of rapid population transition-a phenomenon that first emerged in the British Isles but gradually spread across the globe-shaped the course of world history. Demography-the study of population-is the key to unlocking an understanding of the world we live in and how we got here. Demographic changes explain why the Arab Spring came and went, how China rose so meteorically, and why Britain voted for Brexit and America for Donald Trump. Sweeping from Europe to the Americas, China, East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, The Human Tide is a panoramic view of the sheer power of numbers.

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