Introductory Lecture

Introductory Lecture - Introductory Lecture 5/10/11 What is...

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Introductory Lecture 5/10/11 What is western civ? Hard to define. To definite start, boundaries-western Constructive notion, idea that historians have series of events which define western civ Legacy of imperialism and racism, and notion being “civilized” Permanent urban centers for trade, exchange of beliefs-exclusionary because a no mad would not be civilized. People stay together. Also have sustainable agriculture. Some sort of division of labor, by social status, ability, gender. In groups and out groups. Some sort of laws and governance. Permanence Start with greeks b/c they were the 1 st permanent settlement in Europe Some sort of unified and accepted culture-shared notions about how the world works, what makes sense etc. Culture dictates behavior, and is shaped by people. People are restricted by structure-slavery, marriage People in one geographic area who have found some way to use their natural resources and b/c they are permanent they have time to be creative(art, phil,
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