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Culture, Early Civilizations & Revisionist History

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What forces contributed to the cultural makeup of early civilizations?
What social issues arose because of this cultural makeup?
What were the main cultural influences on early civilizations?
Do you believe that revisionist history is a good thing or a bad thing? Explain your response.

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"What forces contributed to the cultural makeup of early civilizations?

According to Arnold Toynbee, early civilizations were the result of what he deems as 'primitive societies' (primitive social groups with a sense of shared concerns and traditions) not particularly due to the drive of racial or environmental forces but because they needed to congeal together to respond to and overcome ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advice in putting together a short essay narrative that answers the questions (see above) on the topic of culture, early civilization and the idea of a revisionist history. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word document version is also attached.

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A discussion of early civilizations. How did culture begin to be developed? What caused certain social norms to be adopted? What were the main cultural influences on early civilizations?

A discussion of early civilizations. How did culture begin to be developed? What caused certain social norms to be adopted? What were the main cultural influences on early civilizations?

What forces contributed to the cultural makeup of early civilizations?

There were many forces that contributed to the cultural makeup of early civilizations. Geography contributed by determining whether a culture would focus on agriculture, hunting and gathering, trade, seafaring etc. The diet of the culture would be affected by animals nearby. The religion of the culture would be affected by the natural environment. Was the sun a prominent part of their life? They may institute a sun god. Was water and rain something they did not take for granted but depending on dearly? A rain goddess was probably part of their religious observations. If a civilization was located along a trade route it would begin to internalize ideas, languages and beliefs from other cultures. If a culture was geographically isolated it would become ethnocentric and protective of its own traditions. Outside ideas would be viewed as alien and undesirable. The availability of natural resources would affect the kinds of houses they lived in, the types of weapons and tools they used, the food they ate and the type of containers they used to store provisions.

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