The Flow of History
 
 

Gathering and Interactions of Peoples, Cultures, and Ideas

Introduction

field"....Migrations involve two major factors: push and pull. People are pushed out of where they are by forces such as cultural conflicts, inability to make a living, natural disasters, human rights violations and the like. They are also pulled toward another place by factors such as economic opportunities, adventure, religious freedom, or being kidnapped into slavery or servitude. All of these various factors involve some degree of choice - from total freedom of choice to no choice at all. So all migrations are chosen or forced to varying degrees. Migrations always involve encounters between the people moving and the people being moved toward. At the points of encounter, cultural diffusion takes place in both directions - both groups change as they borrow ideas and material culture from each other - and a new culture is born out of the mix...."

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