Bridging the Past and Present in Assessing Migration
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.
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