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The Human Tide

The Human Tide

How Population Shaped the Modern World

A dazzling new history of the past 200 years, recast as a story of population: how irrepressible demographic changes and mass migrations have made and unmade nations, continents, and empires

The advance and subsequent retreat 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 the rise and fall of empires cannot be properly grasped without understanding the role that population has played.

The Human Tide reveals one of history’s greatest causal factors, a guiding hand too long hidden from view. It shows how rapid population transition, arriving in different places at different times, has shaped the course of world history since it first began in the British Isles, then spread to other European populations and then the rest of the world. Demography – the study of population – is the key to unlocking an understanding of the world we live in and how we got here.

Demography is not just about numbers but about the leading role those numbers have played at turning points in history. From the extraordinary fecundity of Britain in the 19th century to the One Child Policy in China to the decline and fall of Western Europe as populations age today, the demographic history of the world is full of colorful surprises. It provides elucidating evidence that refreshes, refines, and deepens our understanding of world history and global politics.
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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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"An illuminating perspective on the history and likely future of population trends."—STARRED REVIEW, BOOKLIST
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"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
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"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 TIMES
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"Useful for students of geopolitics, international economics, and demography alike."—KIRKUS REVIEWS
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"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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