HISTSCI 189 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, High Middle Ages, Thomas Edison

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26 Jun 2018
Hist Sci 189: The World We Made: Technology and Society: Lecture Notes
Lecture 1: 1/24/17: Becoming Human
Fire is a unique tool that only one animal has made use of: humans
3.5 million years ago: emergence of stone tools
oFreeing the hands to make and use tools is key to understanding technology
Technology: anything made by people to do useful things
Four main themes:
oEvolution through technology
oGovernment as driver
oWealth/wealth disparity
oLiberation/social control
Creativity of the homo sapiens allowed them to survive the ice ages
Neolithic Revolution
oAllowed for population growth because they had more time
oTechnologies develop
Lecture 2: 1/26/17:
Command of natural resources
oWhat do these things do to loose organizations of people in the Neolithic era?
All history is relevant, but the history of technology is most relevant
Social organization is needed for agriculture
oUpper and Lower Egyptian people
oHarrapa and Mohenjo-Daro
oYu The Great’s founding of Chinese dynasty
Environmental degradation is a problem for agriculture
oResults in salt plains
Trade route technologies
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