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The Human Tide

The Human Tide

How Population Shaped the Modern World

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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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Demography

On Sale: March 5th 2019

Price: $16.99 / $21.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 352

ISBN-13: 9781541788381

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Reader Reviews


"An illuminating perspective on the history and likely future of population trends."—STARRED REVIEW,

"Morland's real skill is linking economic, political, military and
cultural trends to the demographic story...lucid, jargon-free and full of neat
observations...The future, Morland concludes, is grey (societies that grow old
before they grow rich), green (as global population declines, humans will need
less land and fewer resources) and much less white (because of more rapid
growth of non-European populations and immigration into majority white countries)...
this is an admirable introduction to a vital subject."—THE TIMES

"A global history that gallops from 1800 and Brexit to Donald Trump's
wall, seen through the prism of births, deaths and migration... The Human Tide is
packed with information...This is, deliberately, a book for those with little
knowledge of demography...What are fascinating are the author's projections of
where we are heading demographically. To an older population in the UK
certainly: the number of people over 85 will treble in 30 years as the
baby-boomers age. That means a more indebted nation, but it could also mean a
more peacefully inclined one"—SUNDAY

"Useful for students of geopolitics, international economics, and demography alike."—KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Engrossing...How many people live in a place, how old they are and how
hungry they are, explains a lot about how their rulers behave, he argues. Do
you have a fast-growing young population like late-19th-century Germany? Your
neighbours will fear you. An imploding birth rate, like modern Italy? Your
economy will probably shrink too. It's not a new idea but Morland offers plenty
of evidence to prove just how much it matters...This book adds to the debate about
the basic causes of history."—BOOK OF THE WEEK, EVENING STANDARD

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