Chapter One - Waves of Progress and Gradual Migration
Chapter Two - Selection and Reproduction: The Settler Effect
Chapter Three - Organized Migrations
Chapter Four - Three Centuries: 1500-1800
Chapter Five - A Quickening Pace: 1800-1913
Chapter Six - The Last Century: The Trend Reverses, 1914-2010
Chapter Seven - Three Globalizations, Migration, and the Rise of America
Chapter Eight - A Tumultuous Present and an Uncertain Future: 2010-2050
Chapter Nine - On the Move, in an Orderly Fashion
"This elegantly written book develops a compelling argument about the role of migrations in the history of mankind. An eminent historical demographer, Livi-Bacci is able to bring the demographic perspective to bear on the highly complex phenomenon of migration - whether in the context of Ancient times or in today’s context of globalization, where immigration has become a highly controversial and politicized issue. A compelling read for a general audience wishing to understand the 'migration problem' and its relevance for today’s public policy."
Bruno Ramirez, Université de Montréal
"The appearance of any book by demographic historian Massimo Livi-Bacci is cause for celebration and one on migration especially welcome. Migration, more than most issues, is best understood in the context of long-term patterns. This book, drawing on research in several languages, deftly puts the European experience of both emigration and immigration into long-term historical perspective, distilling six centuries into fewer than 100 pages."
J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University
- A succinct and masterly overview of the history of migration, from the earliest movements of human beings out of Africa into Asia and Europe to the present day.
- Separate chapters deal with the migration flows between Europe and the rest of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries and with the turbulent and complex migratory history of the Americas.
- Livi Bacci shows that, over the centuries, migration has been a fundamental human prerogative and has been an essential element in economic development and the achievement of improved standards of living.
- This concise history of migration by one of the world’s leading demographers will be an indispensable text for students and for anyone interested in understanding how the movement of people has shaped the modern world.