Civilization : A World Without Civilization

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Civilization After being asked the question “What is Civilization?” I began to consider what civilization meant to me, and what could it have meant for millions of people in the past. Prior to beginning History 101, if you had asked me my views on civilization, it would have been a lot different than it is now. Before, I hadn’t really considered a world without civilization, the idea seems so foreign to us, modern day humans. A world with no cities, no towns, and no production or consumption? It almost seemed inconceivable to me, until I discovered through lectures and reading, what civilization means to me now, and what it meant throughout history. In my opinion, to begin to understand how exactly the world works, we must try to understand civilization and its origins. After all, we cannot piece together the past without the development of civilization itself. For the sake of understanding exactly what civilization is, we need to acknowledge how humans survived prior. According to lecture, for thousands of years before the first traces of civilization were discovered humans were hunter-gatherers. Meaning that people hunted and foraged for their food, rather than depending on agriculture to feed them. (Merriam-Webster) The discovery of the mass amounts of people you can feed as a result agriculture can arguably be one of the leading contributions to early civilization. According to our lectures, around 11,000-7,000 years ago was when most humans stopped hunter-gathering and
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