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Spatial And Temporal Dynamics: Nomads And Settlers

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This chapter describes the sedentarization patterns of the people in the rural landscape before the development of commercial agriculture. It begins by outlining the physical geography of the plain. This outline first presents the different zones in the region in terms of mountains and plain areas, determining the soil types, usage of water, climates and passes in order to provide clues to the life styles, both agricultural and nomadic, that emerged in these zones. Then, the historical evolution of nomadism is analyzed up to the beginning of the 19th century. The processes of transformation from one form of habitat to another are delineated, as well as the sources allow, in order to shed light on the process of sedentarization in the remainder of the 19th century. The transition from nomadic to sedentary life is a complex and extended process in any landscape during any period in history.

Keywords: 19th century; nomadism; rural landscape; sedentarization



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