This Fleeting World Review Essay

1007 Words Jan 27th, 2013 5 Pages
We are only a brief second in the long history of the universe; many things have preceded us to make us the most complex creatures that ever walked the Earth. We are a “new level of complexity” which makes us different from all other creatures that have come before us. Our species has only been around for 250,000 years, a short time compared to the formation of the Earth at 4.5 billion years ago and the creation of the Universe at 13.7 billion years ago, but the time we have had on this Earth has greatly affected the outcome of history. In an attempt to provide an overview of human history in his book This Fleeting World, David Christian introduces it in the context of the history of the universe and then systematically breaks it down …show more content…
Humans also had to limit their population with practices like abortion because they had limited resources, just like how China only allows family’s to have one child. At the end of the last ice age, foragers became affluent because the land was rich and they could settle down. Once the land was depleted, they were stuck because that happened to all of the people around them. They now had to develop ways to live off their section of the land and the seeds of agriculture were planted. The Agrarian Era was when farming became the main occupation of humans as they no longer migrated in search of food. Farming provided the main food source made possible by the domestication of plants and animals. Humans lived in villages that turned into cities and finally into civilizations. Written language was created in this period so much more is known about it. Villages were dirty places where disease was atrocious and the life expectancy was much lower than any other era. Soon empires formed as rulers conquered vast lands and law and order was established. Better technologies evolved and spread throughout the world over trade networks. The entire world was linked together because travel was made possible to other parts of the world by ship just like how it is now connected by the internet. The World was in full contact at that point and not separated by any geographical barrier. As technological
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