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History 101 Week 1-5 Notes

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History 101 Week 1-5 Notes HIS 101

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These are lecture notes taken week 1-5 of History 101. It ranges from Prehistory to around 100 BCE. It includes early African civilizations, MesoAmerican Civilizations, and Ancient Asian Civilization.
Dr. Chambers
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1 TIME LABELS:  BP: Before Present (add 2000 years to BCE) used to measure deep history  BCE: Before Common Era (subtract 2000 years from BP) counting down  CE: Common Era, counting up (we are 2016 CE) PALEOLITHIC: Pre-History  Pre-History begins around 2million BP  Hominids: human-like species (maybe “big foot/yeti” like?) o Homo Erectus: first hominid to stand upright, designed to walk  Their time span overlaps with Homo Sapiens o Started in east Africa o Not “descended” from primates, we are a species of primates  Share DNA that dates back 4 billion years o Humans walked from East Africa to the rest of the world o East Africa home to different species of hominids  They compete with each other  The most successful species was Homo Erectus  They flourished for 1 million years o 100,000 BP modern humans “homo sapien” emerged  Homo Sapien means “wise man”  Homo Sapion Sapien means “very wise man”  We developed intellect o 40,000 BP modern humans had wiped out other hominids  During the Paleolithic age, humans succeeded by adapting to the environment o Humans were able to perfect old hominid methods of survival  Hunter/gatherer: men hunted, women foraged THEORY OF EVOLUTION  3 Kinds of evidence supporting evolution o 1. Observations of the natural World  Botany: the study of the natural environment  Charles Darwin (18 century): survival of the fittest, natural selection  He hypothesized that things that looked alike were related o 2. Archaeology  Olduvai Gorge: (the “Grand Canyon of East Africa”)  Confirmed Darwin’s prediction  “Lucy” female skeleton found, believed to be from 3.5 million BP o She is the size of an eight year old o 3. DNA  Human Genome Project, especially the last 20 yrs have seen major developments  1-3% of human DNA is identical to that of Chimpanzees 2  MT-DNA: mitochondrial DNA that is passed down through the female line (mother to child)  All living things descended from thermophyllic bacteria  “heat loving” organisms, living things prosper in warmth  Punctuated Equilibria: instead of a steady slope, evolution resembles stairs more closely o Long periods of no change with short moments of improvement, then another long period of no change again o Racism had previously led people to believe that whites were the end result of evolution  This Is Not True, obviously  By 10,000 BCE the human population was about 10 million o Hunter/gatherers still exist  Earth was/is naturally warming, anthropocene period has sped up the process NEOLITHIC  10,000 BCE (12,000 BP) different groups of people o Different styles of living and different languages  During the Neolithic age, humans adapted the environment to them o After the Neolithic age came Anthropocene, “the time of the humans”  Created a new tool called the microlith  Began Agriculture o Cultigens: domesticated plant to not drop the seeds  Humans are required for these plants to reproduce  Sometimes wild plants are poisonous before they were domesticated (almonds)  Sometimes domesticated are still poisonous and have to be altered after they are harvested  Cassava (manioc) a carbohydrate  Staples: chosen cultigens in a society that became the center of that society’s diet  Today 1/3 of the world relies on rice as their staple o Benefits of agriculture:  More food to support a larger population  Hunter/gatherers could only support populations of about 150 people  Demand for technology caused progress  Needed place to store surplus of food (pottery/baskets)  Caused social transformation in the form of specialization  Planters, organizers, religious men, pottery/basket makers, traders o Risks of agriculture:  Drought or flood could wipe out their entire food supply  Farming people have a higher risk of starvation during hard times such as a drought or flood (famines)  They were tied to the specific location of their fields  Pesticides and rodents destroyed crops (cockroaches) 3  Caused conflict between groups ( they fought over resources)  Pellagra: disease caused by a diet consisting only of corn/maize  Eating only maize causes a niacin deficiency  Too much food can cause diabetes  Gouth disease of the rich  20 century diabetes is caused by the amount of sugar in our diets  It used to be perceived as beautiful to be fat (Venus figurines)  Agriculture reduces the variety of food and thus the range of nutrients  3,000 BCE people invented strategies of maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks of agriculture through the use of technology o Bronze: ended the stone age 3000-1000 BCE  It is a combination of copper and tin o Iron: needed fire hotter than wood could ever reach  They used charcoal and crushed up seashells to allow the fire to reach the needed temperature o Hoe o They paired plants together for inter planting  Rice/banana  Wheat/barley  Millet/sorghum  Maize/beans  Ethnicity: created an idea of us vs. them o A new way of organizing themselves o “civilizations”: all civilizations are a culture, not all culture are a civilization o Cities were created as a different way to organize and separate from towns and villages  Towns/villages were mainly for farmers and agriculture  Cities is where the people came to trade their harvest  6 components of Civilization o 1. Certain size (relatively large-ish) o 2. Social classes  There is usually a hierarchy, (workers vs. employers) o 3. State: a centralized ruling figure (a government or a king) o 4. Public works: the state puts people to work o 5. Organized religion: a religion everyone can believe in (the universal religion of the particular civilization) o 6. Style: artistic tradition  Art, clothing, writing (doesn’t HAVE to include writing) 4 AFRICA INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION  3 common mistakes believed about Africa: o 1. Africa is one big country  FALSE. It is a continent with different regions, countries, and cultures  Geht o 2. Africans are a part of tribes  They are actually made of nations or ethnic groups  Tribes: people believe they are all descended from the same ancestors  “uncivilized” th  This is what people wanted to believe in the 20 century  The equator: imaginary line, only place where the sun is directly overhead at noon  The Sahara desert is the cause of the dry air that is blown there from the equator o In Paleolithic times, it was lush with lots of water instead of the dry land it is now o About the last 15-20 years of every century has been a drought in Africa  Most of Africa is grassland o Humans succeeded through adapting the environment to them o Thus began the aqualithic age: the water stone age  They found the rivers, oceans, and seas and used them to their advantage  Fishing led to the need to store food  Pottery, basket making  More protein led to taller people  Aqualithic people began to look different making them distinguishable from other ethnicities o Pastoralism: herding animals for food and resources  nomads are pastoralistic  in the rainforest area, cattle is not supported due to the tse-tse fly  bites cause sleeping sickness and is lethal for cattle and horses  pastoralists couldn’t stay near the rain forests  pastoralists developed a tolerance for milk o the natural human state is lactose intolerant after the age of three o not an issue anymore because the pastoralists built the tolerance 5  Farming: o In the grass land:  They grew grains and barley as early as 12000 BP in modern day Cameroon o In the rainforest:  Domesticated yams  The development of iron encouraged such farming 2 EARLIEST CIVILIZATIONS  Egypt and Mesopotamia both laid the foundation of Mediterranean culture o Egypt is the “gift of the Nile”, the small patch of green land that is surrounded by desert o Ancient Egypt was an early African civilization  Mother civilization  They questioned the after-life and were extremely concerned with the soul and philosophy o Ancient Mesopotamia was the land between the rivers  Father civilization  Obsessed with technology  CONTRASTS o Political:  Egypt: was formed in 3000 BCE when 2 ancient kingdoms united  Cupper and Lower Egypt o Lower Egypt is actually North of Upper Egypt because they are referring to which way the river flows which is north  Cultural influence flowed with the river o Upper Egypt was believed to be closer to the gods o Lower Egypt was considered the newer part  They kept two different capitals o Memphis: political capital where the pharaoh lived and ruled in lower Egypt o Thebes: the religious capital in Upper Egypt  Egypt was single empire for long periods of time (each lasted about 500 yrs.) o Old Kingdom o Middle Kingdom o New Kingdom  King Tut was a pharaoh in the New Kingdom (died young) o There was no written laws o The law was what the pharaoh said it was 6 o Egypt was ruled by the priests (theocracy)  Mesopotamia  Faced constant conflict and instability  Groups of little independent states o Sometimes joined together into one state, but always fell apart  Babylonian Empire o King Hammurabi (1792-1750 BCE)  Led the Babylonian empire for about 50 yrs  Hammurabi created the first written law code  Code of Hammurabi: new way of ruling  Lex talionis: eye for an eye justice system o Aristocracy: rule of the few and the rich o Religion  Egypt: obsessed with the after-life and the soul  Religion was included in all aspects of life  Polytheistic religion: belief in many gods o Osiris: the most important god of ancient Egypt. God of the Nile, god of death ( he is the god they believed judged everyone after they died)  Pharaoh was believed to be a living god o Was forced to marry his sisters to keep the blood line clean o Pharaoh Akhenaton (1353-1335 BCE) proclaimed that there was only 1 god, Aten, the sun god  This was considered a heresy  Akhenaton was poisoned by a priest later  Spent a lot of time preparing for the after life o Book of the Dead: a book about how to live so you could have a good after life o They built pyramids as graves for their pharaohs in hopes that it could help them in the afterlife  Mesopotamia  Had their own “Book of the Dead” called the Epic of Gilgamesh (2500 BCE) o A warrior named Gilgamesh goes on a quest to answer the question “do humans have a soul? Is there an afterlife?” o He spoke with several gods and they told him no, humans have no afterlife so they need to live a good life because this is all they get  COMPARISONS o Agricultural: both adapted the environment to fit their needs  Egypt used the Nile as a resource  Became the bread basket of Africa 7  Mesopotamia used canals  Both needed to protect their resources  In Egypt the pharaoh controlled the land  In Mesopotamia walls were built around cities to protect people and goods o Very Educated:  Developed skills in the science of mathematics, physics, technology  Egypt had hieroglyph as early as 2500 BCE  Mesopotamia created cuneiform: wedge shaped  Used for 3000 years which is longer than our current one  Ours writing and letters came from cuneiform  Mesopotamia created the idea of the zero  Perfected the use of the wheel o Highly organized o Patriarchal: ruled by men  1500 BCE Mesopotamia: women were expected to wear veils in public to cover their bodies  All but one or two Egyptian Pharaoh’s were men  Queen Hatshepsut: in the new kingdom ruled from 1503- 1482 BCE o Appeared as a man in public to ensure respect o Mesopotamia had NO women-kings  Women had less opportunities then Egypt  Women of Nubia were considered the most beautiful (king of Kush) o Slavery  It wasn’t racial, it was ethnic  Hebrews were kept as slaves o Both influenced western civilization greatly  Egypt’s philosophy (means “love of wisdom”) carried over  Alexandria: the ancient library created by Alexander the great and held all of the known knowledge of Egypt o Was lost in a fire  Mesopotamia’s technology carried over  Chariot, zero, metal working  By 3000 BCE they had perfected making bronze  By 1000 BCE they had perfected making iron o They could now make better war weapons ANATOLIA  1500 BCE present day Turkey  Had a clear understanding how to make iron  They also had an increase in Malaria because of the iron and farming o Populations that were exposed evolved biological protection o Sickle-cell anemia: a condition that protected people from Malaria long enough to reproduce 8 ISLAND OF MEROE  Tamed elephants to help them fight and protect o 218 BCE Hannibal of Carthage marched through the Alps into Rome  Their elephants from Meroe survived  Had their own written language  Combined farming and Pastoralism  Had a king  Every year the rivers would flood the area so they had to deal with that  Perfected the making of Iron o They had the perfected location, they were surrounded by trees (wood makes charcoal>charcoal fires help make iron) o They ended up cutting down all the trees ruining the fertility of the soil o Only grassland is left there now NIGERIA  Nok: another iron aged civilization  We don’t know much about them because they did not have a written language  Extremely successful, they lasted 500 BCE-200 BCE  Had their own technique of making iron  Famous for realistic pottery busts  They just vanished, we don’t know what happened  Another good example of ethnicity o “we’re tall, we eat fish” o “they are short, and drink milk”  Iron allowed them to adapt harsh environments to their needs 9 MESO-AMERICA 3 of the Most Ancient Civilizations  Mother civilizations of the Americas  Ice ages 80,000 BCE o Ocean separating Asia from America froze over allowing hunter/gatherers to follow the animals across the Siberian Sea  20,000 BP Archaeological evidence of humans in Pennsylvania  12,500 BCE there were people in modern day Chile  7,000 BCE most of the large animals had been hunted into extinction  5,000 BCE they discovered and domesticated maize  3,000 BCE there were villages and towns o The rise of Meso-American civilization MOUND-BUILDERS  Lasted 4,000 years  Farmed squash, beans, and maize  Built artificial hills  Wide-spread civilization  Poverty Point: largest mound-builder civilization o Located in modern Louisiana o Center of trade for the civilizations (spanning from modern Florida to Missouri) o The town was planned. We know because the town is shaped to look like an eagle from above  Cahokia was built up the Mississippi River and years later 700 BCE o At its peak it held 30,000 people o It was a city about the same size of London o Trade region o After 500 years, the people just abandoned the city  Unknown why  The center of civilization was in the center of the continent  1600 CE people stopped building mounds o The Spanish came in and conquered OLMECS 10  Lasted 1200-100 BCE  They are considered the “rubber people” for their perfection of the use of rubber o They considered themselves “The Children of the Jaguar” o Jaguar is the king of the rainforest, they were very well adapted to the jungle ( symbol of perfection)  The mother civilization of central America  Obsessed with time and predicting the future o Created accurate technology to predict the future (a.k.a. A Calendar)  This was the basic example of the Mayan calendar  3 main center towns: o San Lorenzo: 900-350 BCE “saint” (religious town) o Tres Zapotes: 900-350 BCE “fruit” (farming town) o La Venta: 900-350 BCE “market” (trade town)  Tres Zapotes and La Venta were abandoned (no one knows why)  They destroyed it and left  Built heads out of basalt  Did not develop iron, remained in stone-age using stone tools o They perfected the use of obsidian black stone,  It is extremely sharp and sometime is used in modern medicine  By 350 BCE the Olmec civilization had ended CHAVIN  About 10,000 people  Very Mysterious  They were religious  Lived off Maize  Lived on mountains  They transformed the mountains to create fields to plant on Maya and Incans came later  Popul Vuh: one of the three book left undestroyed by catholic missionaries from the Mayan civilization Teotihuacan: in modern day Mexico  Largest Mesoamerican city (over 125,000 people)  Founded around 100 BCE 11 3 WAYS PEOPLE CREATED ORDER OUT OF CHAOS PERSIA: the political example  Modern Iran o Some people even today still consider themselves Persians  Farsi: the language of the Persians  They are not Arabs  One of the greatest empires of all world history  Used a political method to bring order to the chaos o Specifically the politics of empire  Empire: a state that unites many territories or people under one ruler (multi- cultural, multi-ethnic) o Imperare: “to command” in Latin o It works because the people are commanded by the government o Persia is the 1 Empire  Achaemenid empire: lasted 558-330 BCE o The earliest Persian Empire o Emperors that ruled  Cyrus the Great: launched empire by conquering other states  His son Cambyeses conquered Egypt  Darius: the greatest empire ruled 522-486 BCE  Combined conquest with tolerance  Conquered Southern Europe and East  Built Persepolis: “the city of Persia” o Polis: means “city”  Didn’t force, he created a policy of toleration o People could keep their culture once conquered (language, religion) as long as they paid their taxes  Had a highly developed network of spies  Built schools and colleges  Everyone used the same currency  Had a functional postal system  Had laws as well  Xerxes: rejected Darius’s idea of empire  Went back to force o He forced everyone to abandon their old culture and become Persian  Ruled from 486-465 BCE 12  Xerxes was emperor when Persia invaded Greece o Developed a religion that was open to all  The universal religion: Zoroastrianism  Zarathustra: founded the Zoroastrianism o He was traveling and preaching in 550 BCE  Cyrus made it the state religion  Monotheistic (only one god) o Ahura Mazda: the Creator God, he created the Mithra (helpers)  Mithra were not gods, they were Princes of Light  Angra Mainyu: prince of darkness, god of evil o Ahura Mazda created a world where living is a constant battle between good and evil  Humans have to decide to follow Mithra or Angra Mainyu o Good will prevail, good people will receive everlasting happiness o Following Mithra involved enjoying the blessing of life in moderation  Good words, good thoughts, good deeds INDIA: the religious example  Famous for their religions o 2 of the largest religions today o Buddhism and Hinduism  Created empires  Indus River o People built a civilization along the river o Indus Civilization 3000 BCE o Neolithic farmers and fishers o Mohenjo-Dara: Indus City o Built their buildings out of brick o 2000 BCE it collapsed due to invasions from the North  Aryans invaded creating the Vedic Civilization o Lasted 1500-500 BCE o Sanskrit: their written language o Upanishads: collections of 108 essays  The word means “to sit near” (as in to sit near a teacher)  They were obsessed with learning o Maurya and Gupta Empires  Both Vedic  Maurya was a land empire  Gupta was a maritime empire  Used monsoon winds to navigate ships  Caste System: used to organize people o It is impossible to move between castes 13 o Caste: a social group a person is born into and remains in that group until they die  1. Brahmin: priests, teachers, intellectuals  Highest caste  2. Kshatriya: warriors, nobles, aristocrats  Rulers, princes  More powerful than the Brahmin  3. Vaishya: workers, merchants, farmers, crafters  Owned their belongings  4. Shudra: serf, peasant  Did not own their belongings  Untouchables: the lowest of the low  Not even considered a caste o Samsara: reincarnation, the belief that the soul outlives the body  If someone has lived a good life, they have the chance of reincarnating into a higher caste  Hinduism is the religion that explains reincarnation o Bhagavad Gita: the Holy Book  Collection of conversations between a god, Arjuna and a man, Krishna (a warrior)  Explains the castes>>> If you’re the perfect example of your, you may be reincarnated up o Polytheistic religion o Karma: the balance between the good and bad  The result of how you live your life  Jainism began to form when people began to question Hinduism o They rejected the caste system but kept samsara o Believed that you could be reincarnated into anything o They were for absolute non-violence  They begged for food because it was considered murder to kill a plant because there was a soul inside of it o Book of Sermons: their holy book o Still around today  Buddhism o Siddartha Guatama the founder was a kshatsiya  He asked why bad things happen to good people?  He abandoned his family and went wandering and searching for an answer  Nearly starved himself as a Jainist  Ended up meditating under a tree  Fell asleep for 49 day in a trance  He woke up enlightened  He was called Buddha  Means “to awake”  He taught the 4 noble truths o 4 Noble Truths  1. To live is to suffer 14  2. Desire is the cause of suffering  3. To end suffering, desire has to end  4. There are ways to decrease desire  Meditate, distance yourself,  Nirvana: to achieve perfect nothingness o Can’t be desired because that defeats the purpose o Can be achieved through the 4 Great Goods o 4 Great Goods  1. Loving kindness  Be kind just because  2. Compassion  Care for others just because  3. Take joy in the joy of others  Be happy for them just because  4. Calmness  Be calm just because o Zen Buddhism: developed in Japan  Holds to the 4 noble truths and 4 great goods  Says suffering can come from and over complicated thinking  Simplify thinking and life CHINA: the philosophical example  Created an empire o Chi’in empire built the wall to the north o Used philosophy to bring order to the chaos of life  Philosophy: “love of wisdom”  Shang Dynasty: the result of the collapse of the Chi’in o Lasted 600 years 1766-1122 BCE o Had a written language o Perfected the use of bronze o Advanced technology  Calendar that is more accurate than ours  Count in terms of 60 yrs  Had an obsession with knowledge  “scientific system” of oracle bones  Used to get answers to questions  The person asked a question, prayed, threw the bones on the ground and they would give him his answer  Divination  Archaeologists have found about 20,000 oracle bones o Collapsed into war  Chou dynasty: longest running continuing government in China’s history o 1122-256 BCE o Perfected the obsession with knowledge  They had books (Ching)  Shu Ching: Book of History  Shi Ching: Book of Poetry 15  Li Ching: Book of Rituals  I Ching: Book of Divination o “book of change”  People were able to read  Qin empire and Han empire o Short moments in Chinese empire that were anti-knowledge o Qin Empire: 200 BCE lasted 15 years  Burned books  Considered knowledge dangerous  Buried 460 scholars alive  Focused everyone on manual labor o Han Empire  Han Wudi: emperor 141-87 BCE  Marshall/ war emperor  Known for imperial officials o Enuchs: castrated males  Mandarins: imperial officials, highly educated but couldn’t have children o Han Wudi relied on them  Han Wudi got angry with an intellectual, Sima Qian o Accused him of being against the state and found him guilty o Sima Qian was given the choice of death or castration o He chose castration out of his love of wisdom  3 Main Philosophies: o 1. Legalism: harsh philosophy, asked the question “how do we question the state?”  By having and enforcing rules  People are subjects  They are naturally bad, can’t be left alone  People are the problem  Make them behave through laws and rules and punishing them harshly o 2. Confucianism: how best to strengthen society?  Kong Fuzi (Confucius) 551-479 BCE travelled and preached against legalism  His students would write down his teaching into The Analects  Kong Fuzi compiled all the thoughts people were having against Legalism  Defined people as citizens with rights and responsibilities  They needed more good people to strengthen society (people who know the difference between right and wrong and choose right)  These people were considered junzi: superior individuals  Not about money 16  They are honest, disciplined, educated, lives by honor o Honor: the ethic of caring what other people think of you o Dishonor leads to vengeance  People earned respect by being junzi o Requires telling other people when they are doing wrong, but still remain respectful o 3. Daoism: how to strengthen the person?  Lao Tzu: travelled around and fought against Confucius ideas  571-531-ish BCE  He didn’t like that to be junzi you had to scold others  People were defined as individuals  Expand self knowledge  Know yourself  Everyone has their own dao (their own path) o You have to separate from the rest of the world to reach your dao o Relaxation and meditation  Wuwei: separating from the world and meditate  Daoism is a philosophy of dignity  Shouldn’t care what others think because you are taking your own path


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