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Agricultural Societies Arose across the planet with the spread of farming at the end of the last ice age. Dominant form of social organization. Wealth comes from farming. Surplus supports elite classes. Most people are rural and live in villages.
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Social hierarchies Most people are peasants (farmers). Elite and warrior classes benefit from agricultural surpluses. (Marx: “primitive accumulation”). Cities house artisans and merchants, (small part of the population). Religious class.
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Review: Agricultural Societies Population Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau: High Estimates Year Millions of pop. -5000 20 1 400 500 206 1000 254 1500 540 1950 2,557
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Malthus: “Essay on Population” 1798. Agricultural Societies grow to the limits imposed by the production of the land. When those limits are surpassed, famine reduces the population. There are many historical examples that
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This note was uploaded on 07/02/2009 for the course CC 0189 taught by Professor Ebert during the Spring '06 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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