מכל מלמדײ השכלתי (duchifat) wrote,
מכל מלמדײ השכלתי
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Шаул Штампфер и "теория бутылочного горлышка" в этногенезe ашкеназов

...The main appeal of a theory of migration is that it seems to explain the demographic puzzle I mentioned at the outset: How did we get so many Jews in Eastern Europe? How did we go from a population of 50,000 in the 15th century to eight million in the 20th, especially given all the depredations visited upon the Jews over those five centuries? In fact, Elhaik’s litany of woe (“economic restrictions . . . assimilation, the Black Death . . . conversions, persecutions, kidnappings, rapes, exiles, wars . . . and pogroms”) is a drastic overstatement of the experience of Eastern European Jews during those centuries, and their growth in numbers is not really that mysterious.

Populations do not grow arithmetically, they grow—not unlike credit card debts—exponentially. The Afrikaners in South Africa started from a group of about 2,000 settlers who came in the late 17th century. Today, roughly 13 generations later, they number about three million. A little over three hundred years ago, five thousand French immigrants came to Quebec; their descendants now number about 6.5 million. What needs to be explained is not why the Jewish population in Eastern Europe grew exponentially in the modern period but rather why the Jewish population of Central Europe did not grow. But that is a different question, and the Khazars are of no help in solving it.
http://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/802/are-we-all-khazars-now/
Tags: dna ethnogenetics
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