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Journal 1The Growth of Societies, States, and EmpiresIn the beginning, humans have always existed together for survival according to the textTraditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. In regions where food resourceswere extraordinarily abundant, a few people in late Paleolithic times abandoned the nomadiclifestyle and established semi-permanent settlements. [1] During this period man would hunt, andwomen would garden. This thesis will show how and why humans from Africa, Asia, and Europegrew into societies, states, and empires from necessity thru migration. The primary focus will beon the African Tribe the Bantu, the East Asian dynasty Shang, and American Societies theMochica state. There was a need for these populations to protect each other and acquiredresources; it was also a way to contain the people with different views on politics, religion andsocioeconomic status.The Bantu society were family-based communities in small rural villages. Communities joined toform villages over time. They were families that combined to form a broader community andlearned to act like one. With the Bantu society the focus was on agriculture and hunting but astime went on the focus was more on trade. Yet, Asian civilization was more complex and afterexpanding due to population growth towns and villages emerged through the valleys of yellowYangzi river. The Shang Dynasty was Xia Dynasty’s successor and grew to be the beginning ofChinese civilization. The Shang Dynasty was most known for its writing system and bronze. Onthe other hand, European early civilization wasan agricultural and ranching community thatdeveloped during the Bronze era.The Mycenaean Civilization lived mostly by herding cattle,sheep, and goats, while cultivating barley and millet in small quantities. They were largelyinfluenced by the Minoan Civilization.

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