World history I Lecture I.3 Civilizations in Isolation: the Americas In our first class, we talked about the concept of civilization in general terms. Just to remind you, I suggested that a civilization is a type of a culture that is characterized by
September 13: Egyptians and Hebrews
Last time we talked about the earliest civilizations which would contribute to the western tradition: the city-states of ancient Mesopotamia, in terms which generally held valid from 5000 BC down to about 500 BC.
World history I Lecture I.2 The Idea of "World Civilizations"
Now that we're back the next thing is to ask what this class is exactly going to be about. What is world civilizations? What is going to hold together all the different stuff we are going
World History Lecture II.2 The Aryans: Persia and India The era of the Mesopotamian empires ran roughly from 2500 BC down to about 500 BC. At the end of this period, a new power arose in the ancient Middle East which would absorb the traditional Meso
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Outline The idea of Civilization The importance of economic surplus Nomadic vs. Sedentary Society: the Agricultural Revolution Mesopotamia Physical