The revolution of agriculture. The development of culture and religion Revolution of tool-making and weapons

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Chapter 1 Objectives

  1. Describe what enabled civilizations to develop.

  1. Identify the characteristics that are critical for a society to become a civilization.

  • Formal states, cities, writing, and monuments.

  • Have to be located near an adequate water supply.

  • Must rely on agriculture for food.

  1. Compare the drawbacks of non-civilized societies with civilized societies.

  • Non-civilized societies have to travel to keep an adequate food supply.

  • Non-civilized societies have to be small because of the amount of land required to hunt for food.

  • The only clothing available was hides from the animals they’d hunted and killed.

  1. Compare the advantages of an agriculturally based society with a hunter-gatherer society.

  • Civilized societies can be stationary with their use of agriculture.

  • Civilized societies can be large because of their domestication of animals and intentional planting of crops.

  • Agricultural peoples could afford to build houses, and their domesticated animals provide not only food, but also wool for more varied clothing.

  1. Evaluate the significance of Jewish monotheism in the religious history of early civilization.

  1. Compare the main features of Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. What did the two civilizations have in common as early civilizations? What were their main differences in values and organizations?

  • Mesopotamia and Egypt were similar as early civilizations in the way that the need for irrigation induced a need for complex political structures.

  • Mesopotamia was developed without a model of how to become civilized, while Egypt was developed based on Mesopotamia and other early civilizations.

  • While Mesopotamia didn’t have strict government rule, it was necessary in Egypt because of the complexity of the irrigation system. Mesopotamia was more of a business class society.

  • Mesopotamians (Sumerians) worshipped gods, while Egyptians usually worshipped and honoured Pharaohs.

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