The Western Experience 7e Chambers/Hanawalt/Rabb/Woloch/Grew
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Chapter 1: The First Civilizations
PROBLEMS FOR ANALYSIS
- The Earliest Humans
- Why was the development of agriculture so crucial for the establishment of civilization? What advantages do food producers have over food gatherers?
- What is known about gender roles during the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages, and what is speculation?
- The First Civilizations in Mesopotamia
- In what ways was the rise of Sumerian cities a significant development in Western history? Describe the characteristics of Sumerian civilization.
- How has analysis of cuneiform inscriptions and codes revealed much about Babylonian politics, society, and culture?
- Compare Egyptian civilization with Mesopotamia. What role did geography play in the different development of the two civilizations?
- What do Egyptian attitudes toward life after death reveal about the Egyptian religion and attitudes toward life in general?
- The Early Indo-Europeans
- Why was the introduction of iron so important?
- What explains the extraordinary influence of the Canaanites and Phoenicians?
- w useful is the Old Testament as a historical document? Explain.
- What were the major innovations of the Hebrew religion? How did older civilizations contribute to them? Why did they exert such a lasting impact on Western Civilization?
- The Near Eastern Empires
- Using examples from the Assyrians and Persians, explain how Near Eastern kings were able to hold their vast empires together.
- What were the tenets of Zoroastrianism? What did it contribute to the Christian religion?
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