, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 393–406 | Cite as

Spatial analysis of historical migrations in Samaria

  • Grossman D. 


Migrations of families (mainly during the past three to four centuries) were recorded on the basis of local traditions in Samaria — the N part of the West Bank. The analysis reveals that the friction of distance was stro3g only in short and medium range mobilities. Long range mobilities were affected mainly by the resource factor. This was found to be the case with internal moves as well as those which originated in adjacent territories. Of the internal migrants, the S zones with poorer resources were the major “senders” while the better endowed N and W were the major destinations. The same destinations were more important also for migrants from outside Samaria. A strong “push” factor was found to explain migration from Hebron, Gaza, and Egypt — all S of Samaria. Trans-Jordanian migrations were, however, the most important ones outside those originating in Samaria itself. These migrations were not channelled, like the others, to specific zones in Samaria, and their patterns are a reflection of a strong lasting interaction which was partly the result of repeated violence which uprooted many of the area's families. These dislocations were associated with repeated struggles for power and for the control of the better endowed parts of Samaria. These and similar struggles were responsible for disturbing the normal balance between population and resources. Migratory activity gradually restored this balance over the past one hundred years.


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  • Grossman D. 
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  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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