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By Thomas H. Greer, Gavin Lewis

ISBN-10: 0534642365

ISBN-13: 9780534642365

Greer/Lewis's a short heritage OF THE WESTERN global grants a entire view of the improvement of Western civilization in part the pages of alternative texts. every one bankruptcy offers extensive insurance of political, social, cultural, and spiritual issues. incorporates a CD-ROM and entry to a web collage library.

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C. the use of the new metal had spread to Sumer. Mesopotamia, as well as many other lands of western Asia, northern Africa, and eastern Europe, had entered the Bronze Age (p. 10). c. several other metals besides copper and tin—notably gold, silver, and lead—were also being worked for use or 19 20 chapter 1: the birth of civilization in the middle east decoration. c. (p. 41). The Birth of Writing. 1 For such a momentous innovation, the origins of Sumerian writing were surprisingly humdrum. c. onward) are accounting records, providing information on supplies delivered to temple storehouses or consumed by temple officials.

Instead, the cities responded to the new problems with new solutions. They built large-scale, centrally controlled water conservation and irrigation systems. Intensive warfare also began among them for control of scarcer resources. Governments developed that were powerful enough to plan and organize these undertakings. Nurtured by a favorable environment and then toughened by harsher conditions, there grew up in southern Mesopotamia a new kind of society, so much more advanced than the older one that today it counts as one of the world’s first true civilizations.

Over many centuries civilized ways of life spread to many peoples of the Middle East, and underwent many changes. Political structures formed in Middle Eastern civilization that ranged from city-states (small self-governing communities) to extensive empires. Technical skills developed that were as varied as ironworking and alphabetic writing. Religious beliefs arose that were as different from each other as the worship of god-kings by the Egyptians A 2 and the monotheism of the Israelites (Jews).

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