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on 18 January 2017
Everything you wanted to know about the making of Europe and the migrations of its peoples. A scholarly update to incorporate the latest genetic data as well as insight about languages and archaeology which, when taken together, show what a lot of shifting about has gone on. It's been an eye opener for me, and if I needed to hum some of the DNA information, it was still possible for a non-specialist to follow the thread of the argument.
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on 24 September 2013
Many books try to tell the story of how Europe was peopled but fail - in some ways - by concentrating on one part of a very complex story. Jean Manco succeeds, with Ancestral Journeys,because she uses evidence from different fields to build a convincing case. More importantly for the lay reader, she makes the science easy to understand and weaves it into a good and solid story.
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on 20 June 2018
Not the easiest book to read, but worth ploughing through if you are interested in the genetic history of Europe. I can't say I really enjoyed it, but it's a book worth persevering with because it does give so much information about European history. I have been studying this subject as a result of my own family research, but there are better and more readable books out there. However, combined with the physical descriptions from Carleton Coone's own story of the racial history of Europe, it gives the reader a good idea of who the different tribes were, what they looked like, and how and when they arrived in their territories.
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on 14 March 2017
Excellent overview of the peopling of Europe that is richly illustrated, well-written, well structured and incorporates some of the most recent insights from genetic research, which has fundamentally changed our understanding of the subject.
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on 18 May 2018
So much to remember! This will keep me busy for months since I'm not a geneticist but just an interested amateur wanting to discover how we all arrived in Europe from Africa etc.
The text is easy going despite the density of the subject so I can take my time - just a few pages each day.
More later......
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on 8 January 2014
No long introductions or waffle here. The book jumps straight into the subject matter, fusing DNA evidence with linguistics, (supported by archaeological evidence where necessary) to paint a picture of ancestral migration across Europe. The casual reader might find it a little intense, in which case a quick refresher in (Roman and after) European history might be useful .
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on 8 March 2015
This is a very well researched and therefore authoritative book with numerous helpful maps and illustrations, extensive footnotes and a long list of sources. It has greatly added to my layman's previously vague and defective understanding of ancient migrations.I hesitated before awarding five stars because, for me, the detail is so great that the book comes close to being a work of reference rather than a book to read. Nevertheless, highly recommended if you are willing to grapple with a subject which cannot be made simple without being dumbed down.
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on 22 March 2014
I loved this book, despite struggling at times with all the changing names of peoples/tribes, ancestral areas. It doesn't have all the answers and doesn't pretend to, but it points to what is potentially knowable (we need more datable bodies!) and synthesises information from a range of disciplines in a way which amounts to more than the sum of parts. One for re-reading, probably more than once.
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on 27 February 2016
It's a well researched and well written book but, obviously from the title, it does focus mostly on Europe rather than the British Isles. Lacks any kind of overview map as well with all the place names and regions so you'll find yourself looking up exactly where the Indus Valley is.
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on 1 July 2015
A really comprehensive and detailed work which will leave you with more tantalising questions than answers regarding your own heritage. Just mind boggling to see the vast movements of people throughout Europe Africa and the near east.
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