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After reading the Week 1 narrative and reading links, post a minimum 300-word main post by Wednesday evening eastern time comparing the development of an individual to the development of a society. The module narrative does a good job of explaining the factors that influence societal development, and these are also factors that influence individual development that makes each of us what we are. As the narrative points out, understanding society today means understanding how it developed; in a similar manner, understanding an individual means having a grasp of what makes that individual what they are today. Sometimes we misread people because we mistakenly apply our own cultural construct to another who has a different one. The same happens with understanding societies and historical context. Using examples from a specific life (yours is fine if you prefer) plus examples from a specific society described in the assigned reading will help make your point(

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Module 1: Beginnings Until recently, history textbooks throughout Europe and North America began with the rise of the Greek city-states (perhaps with a brief nod toward Mesopotamia and Egypt), traced the rise and fall of Rome, and focused almost exclusively on the political history of central and western Europe. As we enter the twenty-Frst century, however, we confront two unavoidable facts. ±irst, to live in the twenty-Frst century requires all of us to comprehend the histories of regions outside of Europe as a necessity of modern life. Second, scholars working across numerous disciplines are demonstrating time and again that from the earliest human societies there have been extensive contacts and cultural exchanges among the world's civilizations. No civilization truly developed in isolation; the study of each unique civilization suggests that there were patterns of growth and decline that were common to all. In brief, by studying one speciFc civilization, we are in a sense studying just a single example of the human adventure. An attempt to study all of the world's history has obvious drawbacks. If nothing else, the sheer quantity of information available is overwhelming. Within the limits of our course we can only focus on speciFc aspects and highlight certain patterns. Naturally, no one faculty member is a researcher specializing in every area covered by this course, but as a trained historian, your faculty member will prove a knowledgeable guide and companion through your studies. The study of world civilizations requires the student to discern and grasp those events and concepts unique to individual historic contexts and societies as well as to demonstrate the ability to compare, contrast, and generalize so as to reach a broader appreciation of the past. This global perspective requires imagination and organization. Your instructor will use weekly conference discussions to assist you in viewing the past di²erently and in organizing the information you will encounter. The study questions at the end of each module will prove invaluable as you prepare for your assignments and examinations. Cultural Interpretation: A Caveat The study of human origins fascinates many, and for some remains a heated topic of debate. Although we can study the discussions surrounding human evolution and divine intervention as historical phenomena, as human beings we need to recognize that the ultimate answer to those debates will always elude us precisely because we are human and will never possess absolute knowledge. What we can discuss, however, are the Fndings of the remains of hominids or protohumans as an example of the rapid changes in scholarly outlook and the implications for our studies in world history.
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