UGC 111 World Civilizations_Response Paper McNeill

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UGC 111 World Civilizations Chantel Wynter September 17, 2007 Section T_2 William H. McNeill, Breakthrough to History, Plagues and People In his chapter titled Breakthrough to History , William McNeill explores the consequences of the agricultural breakthrough that though intended for favorable advancements, unleashed a hoard of various parasitic diseases some of which we are still affected by today. McNeill explains the accounts of major parasitic diseases that spread throughout certain civilizations, small village communities. He explains the differences, of how with civilizations and larger groups who lived together had more of a devastating effect as a result of these parasitic diseases. McNeil starts off his chapter with the explanation of how the major breakthrough to history which was the agricultural revolution proceeded to come about. He recalls at the end of the hunting age “The numerous extinctions of large bodied game animals…years ago must have been a severe blow to human hunters whose skills had concentrated on killing big animals” (54) showing how this was a contribution as to how the agricultural breakthrough came about. Also he states “Simultaneously climatic changes altered the balance of nature, both in the regions along the fringes of the retreating glaciers, and in the subtropics…” (54) giving also the mention of the other main component as to the shift to the agricultural breakthrough. This statement, “Everywhere, therefore, ancient hunters had to readjust their habits to make fuller use of whatever they could find in changing landscapes.” (54) shows that these hunters were forced to find a new way to live in order to survive. Thus this new way ended up turning to new ways of preparing food through the domestication of animals and plants. In doing so food sources
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multiplied and this new form of development of food became known as farming. Although there was a new way to develop food, with it came the hardship as McNeill states “…was the work of reducing weeds, i.e., trying to eliminate rival species competing with domesticated varieties of plants and animals for living space.”(56). Weeding by hand came to be the first for of
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course UGC 111 taught by Professor Bono during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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