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Globalization and global population


Last updated 11/3/2006 at Noon

Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Middle East instilled Greek culture in a vast population ranging from North Africa to India; and Roman, Chinese, and Mayan empires brought dominant languages and new immigrants to conquered regions. The movement of goods along the thousands of miles of the silk road trade route raised wages and wealth in both China and Europe in the Middle Ages without inducing major flows of population from one region to another; at the same time it facilitated the transmission of the Black Plague from Mongolia to Europe. The global diffusion of vaccines preventing p...

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