This work explores the long-term evolutionary implications of the "Mobility Imperative:" the foundational nature of mobility for human beings and their societies. The author puts forward a parsimonious but comprehensive model based on Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES) rationales. The selected case studies range from the emergence and expansion of humans to cattle domestication and beyond.
Augustin F. C. Holl is distinguished professor and director of the Africa Research Center at Xiamen University.
Introduction: The Mobility Imperative: A Global Evolutionary Perspective
Chapter 1: Human Origins and Expansion
Chapter 2: Austronesian Origins, Expansion, and the Formation of the Indian Ocean World-system
Chapter 3: Origin and Expansion of Speakers of Chadic languages
Chapter 4: Origins and Expansion of Speakers of Bantu Languages
Chapter 5: Genesis and Expansion of Cattle Pastoralism in Africa: Livestock and Pathogens
This delightful primer places mobility where it belongs—at the heart of human history. A must read, for anyone interested in how movement impacted history.
Augustin Holl makes a strong case for mobility as a major determining factor in human biological and cultural evolution. His selected examples—from Holocene Africa and Oceania, and also previous Pleistocene stages of human evolution—make excellent reading. This is a book for specialists, students, and all readers interested in the human past.