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Chapter Two Perspectives on World History
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Realist view of history Realism looks at world history through the lens of power distribution. It sees two primary configurations over the past 5,000 years: empire and equilibrium. Empire and equilibrium cycled back and forth, as civilizations amassed power and smaller powers resisted.
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Recorded history began around 3000 BCE in Mesopotamia and Egypt. By 2000 BCE, Indian and Chinese civilizations began to emerge. About 1000 BCE, center of civilization began to shift westward toward the Mediterranean. Greek civilization started to flourish.
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Roman empire began to expand around 300 BCE; lasted approximately 800 years. When Roman empire crumbled, Arab civilization flourished, peaking with the “Golden Age of Islam.” Medieval period was a time of slow consolidation for Europe.
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After Reformation, Europe roiled by religious wars. The Treaty of Westphalia, which ended
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course HUMA 002 taught by Professor Yu during the Spring '11 term at Alcorn State.

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