Mapping Human History

Mapping Human History

Discovering the Past Through Our Genes

Book - 2002
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In this sweeping narrative of the past 150,000 years of human history, Steve Olson draws on new understandings in genetics to reveal how the people of the world came to be.
Traveling across four continents, Olson describes the African origins of modern humans and the migration of our ancestors throughout the world. He offers a genealogy of all of humanity, explaining, for instance, why everyone can claim Julius Caesar and Confucius as their forebears and how the history of the Jewish people jibes with, and diverges from, biblical accounts. He shows how groups of people differ and yet are the same, exploding the myth that human races are a biological reality while demonstrating how the accidents of history have resulted in the rich diversity of people today.
Celebrating both our commonality and our variety, MAPPING HUMAN HISTORY is a masterful synthesis of the human past and present that will forever change how we think about ourselves and our relations with others.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
ISBN: 9780618091577
Branch Call Number: 599.9 Ols 6173mb 1
Characteristics: viii, 292 p. : maps.


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Apr 23, 2010

I found The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes a much more interesting and compelling read than this. Mr. Olson's central thesis appears to be that we are all connected and genetic research is showing that to be more and more true. I feel he spent far to much time condemning racism and bigotry and far to little time on the actual mapping of human history. For me, it was a case of preaching to the choir that I found unnecessary and distracting.

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