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By Brian A. Pavlac

This attractive textual content bargains a quick, readable description of our universal Western background because it begun within the first human societies and built in historical Greece and Rome, then during the center a while. offering a tightly centred narrative and interpretive constitution, Brian Pavlac covers the elemental historic details that each one proficient adults should still understand. His joined phrases "supremacies and diversities" improve significant topics of clash and creativity all through heritage. "Supremacies" facilities at the use of strength to dominate societies, starting from conflict to ideologies. Supremacy, Pavlac exhibits, seeks balance, order, and incorporation. "Diversities" encompasses the inventive impulse that produces new rules, in addition to efforts of teams of individuals to outline themselves as "different." variety creates swap, chance, and individuality. those thoughts of historic stress and alter, even if utilized to political, financial, technological, social, or cultural tendencies, supply a cohesive explanatory association. The textual content is additionally knowledgeable by way of 5 different topical subject matters: technological innovation, migration and conquest, political and fiscal decision-making, church and nation, and disputes in regards to the that means of lifestyles. all through, sensible "basic rules" current summaries of historic realities. Written with aptitude, this simply obtainable but deeply an expert textual content presents all of the necessities for a path on Western civilization.More details, learn courses, and hyperlinks to assets are available at the book's site, www.concisewesternciv.com.

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17897$ $CH2 10-08-10 09:29:02 PS PAGE 35 36 CHAPTER 2 The Persians were great and powerful, yet even their empire survived little more than two centuries before another people conquered it. Nevertheless, the Persian Empire represented the high point of Middle Eastern civilization. The diverse peoples of the Fertile Crescent and Nile River basin had developed much of agriculture and architecture, metallurgy and mathematics, literature and law. Their influence on Western civilization was to set an example of these basic practices for other peoples who lived on the fringes of the great empires.

Whether weak or strong, kings held three essential roles. First, they represented the unity of the people. Each was symbolically the father of his country, the head of the most important family of families. The importance of family often eased the creation of a dynasty, where political power passed from parent to child. Dynasts justified their monopoly on power by claiming connection to the gods, through ancestry, favor, or promise. Even today, powerful political leaders endowed with charisma are often seen as superior to normal citizens.

Farming peoples stuck out the hard times and, consequently, many died where they stood. Ironically, another health problem was poor nutrition. The hunter-gatherer almost naturally ate a balanced diet out of what nature provides. In contrast, civilized people chose what they wanted to eat rather than have nature choose for them. They often started to go heavier on the meats, avoided certain roots and vegetables, and devoured sweets. Our ‘‘sweet tooth’’ derives from our body’s requirements for carbohydrates and fats.

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