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Notes on Defining Civilizations - Stearns

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Department
Humanities
Course
HUMA 1170
Professor
Tanya Taylor- Cherry
Semester
Winter

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Stearns – Defining Civilizations - Two definitions of civilization: First, a form of human organization and second, it describes certain coherences that develop in certain regions as the basis of particular civilizations. Coherence: integration of diverse elements, relationships, or values. - Civilizations grow up in economies and this allows them to support social and political structures. - Cities are important to civilizations as they reflect and encourage trade. - Writing is also important to civilizations as it allows them to keep records which facilitate commercial transactions and political bureaucracies. Also provides ways to record new knowledge. - Civilization as a form of human organization is not necessarily better than other forms. Often involves more social inequality and may not produce more kindness or happiness. - The implications of superiority should b
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