Final Essay - Danjczek 1 Peter Danjczek Professor Thomas J....

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Danjczek 1 Peter Danjczek Professor Thomas J. Rushford History 100: Western Civilization Final Exam Essay #1: This is (was) a class whose title is “Western Civilization.” In your essay, define western civilization and, using 3 of our 7 trials (along with our associated materials); debate the important features and elements of your definition of our civilization . [A suggestion might be to focus on overall themes currents in your definition and explain/detail them in your answer] “Western Civilization refers to a series of cultures that slowly evolved and spread to impact societies all over the world” (4). The subject of Western Civilization looks to the events, people, and ideas pertaining to the social and ideological events that have continued to shape Western Civilization in over a 6,000 year span. In that, Western Civilization is a complex subject comprising of many diverse cultures and ideas. Essential to Western Civilization is Philosophy; in which every culture throughout its history has given some response to the basic questions of life. “The roots of those answers allow us to appreciate our selves and our place in history more critically” (Rushford.) In that, the subject of Western Civilization seeks to understand the people and events which formed the answers to our most thought provoking questions. The first Western Civilization arose in the Middle East of land rich in agriculture and home to many animals that could be domesticated. Because of this, large cities arose
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Danjczek 2 where “divisions of labor and social stratification were based on relationships other than labor” (4.) In addition to this, an enormous advantage of the first Western Civilization was the development of writing. However, the most influential characteristic of Western Civilization is that it never developed in isolation; but instead, its cultures interacted with each other, resulting in cultural diffusion; “These constant and fruitful interactions with other cultures perhaps gave Western Civilization its greatest advantage” (4). The roots from which Western Civilization stem include commerce, diversity, and extremes of wealth; as well as tyranny and the struggle to oppose it, metaphysical reflection through religion, the expression of hopes and dreams in art, a writing system, and a pattern of interaction and cross-fertilization of goods and ideas that would continue to progress in the thousands of years that followed (18). This progression shaped the characteristics of Western Civilization into what they are today; nations having strong democracies and stable governments, reliable economies in support of capitalism, and in constant political or military alliances; these nations generally include the countries of Western Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. There are three fundamental respects in which Western culture stands above all
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