By William J. Duiker
Famous lecturers and students William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel current a balanced, hugely readable review of worldwide historical past that explores universal demanding situations and stories that unite the human earlier and determine key international styles over the years. Thorough assurance of political, monetary, social, non secular, highbrow, cultural, and armed forces historical past is built-in right into a chronological framework to aid scholars achieve an appreciation and realizing of the specified personality and improvement of person cultures in society. This variation of worldwide background keeps to take a world method of global heritage, with an emphasis on analytical comparisons among and between cultures all through heritage. This strategy is helping scholars hyperlink occasions jointly in a wide comparative and international framework, thereby putting the modern global in a extra significant ancient context.
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Textiles and food were imported from the Mesopotamian city-states in exchange for copper, lumber, precious stones, cotton, and various types of luxury goods. Another river valley civilization emerged along the Yellow River in northern China about four thousand years ago (see Chapter 3). , this civiliza0 2 0 200 400 M Miillees es tion contained impressive cities with huge city walls, royal Anyang A an Ye l l o w palaces, and large Sea Luo uoyan uoyan y g ya royal tombs. A system of irrigation Huai R.
China c. E. Central Asia c. E. catastrophic. In such circumstances, farming could be accomplished only with human intervention in the form of irrigation and drainage ditches. A complex system was required to control the flow of the rivers and produce the crops. Large-scale irrigation made possible the expansion of agriculture in this region, and the abundant food provided the material base for the emergence of civilization in Mesopotamia. The City-States of Ancient Mesopotamia also developed a system of irrigation by diverting a river more than a mile upstream into their fields.
The Sumerians believed that gods and goddesses owned the cities, and much wealth was used to build temples as well as elaborate houses for the priests and priestesses who served the deities. Priests and priestesses, who supervised the temples and their property, had great power. In fact, historians believe that in the formative stages of certain city-states, priests and priestesses may have had an important role in governance. The Sumerians believed that the gods ruled the cities, making the state a theocracy (government by a divine authority).
World History: To 1500 by William J. Duiker