By Paul Morland
A dazzling new history of the modern world, as told through the remarkable story of population change.
Every phase since the advent of the industrial revolution – from the fate of the British Empire, to the global challenges from Germany, Japan and Russia, to America’s emergence as a sole superpower, to the Arab Spring, to the long-term decline of economic growth that started with Japan and has now spread to Europe, to China’s meteoric economy, to Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump – can be explained better when we appreciate the meaning of demographic change across the world. The Human Tide is the first popular history book to redress the underestimated influence of population as a crucial factor in almost all of the major global shifts and events of the last two centuries – revealing how such events are connected by the invisible mutually catalysing forces of population.
This highly original history offers a brilliant and simple unifying theory for our understanding the last two hundred years: the power of sheer numbers. An ambitious, original, magisterial history of modernity, it taps into prominent preoccupations of our day and will transform our perception of history for many years to come.
‘Morland’s superb history of the world alerts us not only to how manpower matters, but why the perception of population shifts may be even more consequential than the shifts themselves. If you want to understand our times, you must read this book.’ ERIC KAUFMANN, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck, author of Whiteshift
‘Once in a while there comes along a book that is a revelatory, one, that suddenly brings into perspective some aspect of the world so critical that one is left awestruck. The Human Tide… is a major work that must rank with non-fiction classics… Anyone even slightly interested in the story of humankind’s continuing evolution must read it.’ INDRANIL BANERJIE, The Asian Age
‘Engrossing’ Evening Standard
‘An admirable introduction to a vital subject’ DAVID GOODHART, The Times Weekend
‘A fascinating account of how much sheer population numbers have mattered in human history’ ALISON WOLF
‘As Paul Morland shows in this nuanced, highly informative and rigorously argued book…we live in an age of hard and soft demographic engineering’ IVAN KRASTEV