Johannes Krause and Thomas Trappe tr. Caroline Waight
RaveThe Wall Street JournalKrause and Trappe provide a thrilling overview of what the archaeogenetics revolution has taught us about European population history ... Krause and Trappe capture the excitement of this young field. As is inevitable on the bleeding edge of science, some of their claims—for instance, regarding the New World origins of syphilis—already look shaky in the light of new findings. And as they note, the findings of archaeogenetics can be used or abused for a variety of purposes, from medicine to politics. Racists and ethnonationalists ought to find nothing but disappointment in these discoveries. European population history is a story of change—of dynamism, upheaval, mixture, migration, adaptation and, of course, suffering. It is a history we are starting to decode as never before.