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Migration and DisruptionsToward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations$
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Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060804

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060804.001.0001

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Bridging the Past and Present in Assessing Migration

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Migration and Disruptions

Brenda J. Baker

Takeyuki Tsuda

University Press of Florida

The introduction discusses the lack of interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue between scholars studying contemporary and ancient migration because of the assumption that current population movements differ radically from those in the distant past. The authors argue that there are substantial continuities between present and past migration and that scholars studying ancient and modern migration can benefit considerably by sharing their knowledge and learning from each other. The research project that culminated in this edited volume is described, and the focus on the role that natural and social disruptions played as a force in population movement through time is explained. The volume organization is delineated, with chapter summaries highlighting common threads among the case studies presented.

Keywords:   Migration, Natural disruptions, Social disruptions, Contemporary migration, Ancient migration

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