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Climate and Migrations

  • J. C. Curry

In separate favoured regions various kinds of men set out to domesticate and master the gifts and forces around them: to ‘live well’, in the old Greek phrase, under the given conditions of their home, or failing this, to seek and make a new one: in either event, to comply as well as to command; to conquer Nature by observance of her laws. J. L. Myres

In this wonderful century when discoveries and inventions have followed fast on one another’s heels Man seems to look dazed and half comprehendingly at the works of his own hands. So that there are some who say that he is on the brink of new andmore wonderful mastery over Nature ; others that there are no more discoveries to make ; and others again who wish to cry halt, and ask, hopelessly, for ten years’rest from the innovations and disturbances which scientific inquiry is bringing into their world.

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1 The Pulse of Asia.

* The Dawn of History. Home University Library (Butterworth, reprint 1927), p. 104.

2 The so-called Median Wall (from the Euphrates to the Tigris) was probably built at this period. Prof. Myres states that it is certainly older than the Median conquest, and that its object clearly was to keep out nomads.

3 Other evidence bearing on the nature of these primary and secondary causes of change is, possibly, to be found in such facts as that the level of the Caspian was much lower during the fifth drought than it is now : that this drought, judging by the historical evidence, appears to present a triple wave crest : that the fourth and sixth droughts had much less serious effects than the third and fifth : and that the effects of the later droughts were comparatively unimportant in Arabia.

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