The relative movement of nationalities is best presented by the statistics of the United States.
Until recent times these various nationalities were allowed to retain unmolested the language, religion and peculiar local administration of their ancestors; but when the new nationality doctrine came into fashion, attempts were made to spread among them the language, religion and administrative institutions of the dominant race.
The attempt failed, and the nationalities became self-conscious and split apart.
As soon as historians of different nationalities and tendencies begin to describe the same event, the replies they give immediately lose all meaning, for this force is understood by them all not only differently but often in quite contradictory ways.
Probably they belonged chiefly to the Aramaean group of nationalities; the Bible mentions Hivites (Judges iii.