A History of Western Society, Volume 1: From Antiquity to by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John

By Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Joe Perry, Clare Haru Crowston

Now from Bedford/St. Martin's, A heritage of Western Society is without doubt one of the such a lot winning textbooks on hand since it captures students' curiosity within the daily life of the earlier and ties social heritage to the huge sweep of politics and tradition. The 10th version has been completely revised to reinforce the text's clarity, heighten its realization to everyday life, and contain the insights of latest scholarship, together with an superior remedy of ecu exploration and a completely revised post-1945 part. With a dynamic new layout, new specified positive factors, and a totally revised and strong better half reader, this significant revision makes the earlier memorable and obtainable for a brand new iteration of scholars and teachers.

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Mesopotamian thought had a profound impact in theology and religion. The Sumerians originated many beliefs, and their successors added to them. The Mesopotamians practiced polytheism, that is, they believed that many gods ran the world. They did not consider all gods and goddesses equal. Some deities had very important jobs, taking care of music, law, sex, and victory, while others had lesser tasks, overseeing leatherworking and basket weaving. The god in charge of metalworking, for example, was hardly the equal of the god of wisdom.

They also kept herds of sheep, pigs, and possibly goats. In western Africa, Neolithic farmers domesticated many plants, including millet, sorghum, and yams. In northeastern China, peoples of the Yangshao culture developed techniques of field agriculture, animal husbandry, pottery making, and bronze metallurgy. Innovations in the New World were equally striking. Indians in Central and South America domesticated a host of plants, among them corn, beans, and squash. From these far-flung areas, knowledge of farming techniques spread to still other regions.

There the arid climate confronted people with the hard problem of farming with scant water supplies. Farmers learned to irrigate their land and later to drain it to prevent the buildup of salt in the soil. Irrigation on a large scale, like building stone circles in western Europe, demanded organized group effort. That in turn underscored the need for strong central authority to direct the effort. This corirrigation A system of watering porate spirit led to governments land and draining it to prevent in which individuals subordibuildup of salt in the soil; the nated some of their particular solution to the problem of arid concerns to broader interests.

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