HIS 103 Entire Course
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Hunter-Gatherers. Although most students begin by assuming settled farming life was better than that lived by hunter-gatherers, closer acquaintance with full Paleolithic Hunter-Gatherer life shows us many aspects that could be considered easier than that of very early, settled Neolithic farmers. Would you agree? Summarize the aspects of the lives of Paleolithic Hunter-Gathers and Neolithic settled farmers. Evaluate at least two of these aspects about the Hunter-Gatherer life that seem more positive as well as at least one aspect that seems less desirable than that of Neolithic settled farmers
Understanding Hammurabi’s Code of Laws. Hammurabi’s Code of Laws is often described as an important new “technology” of rule because it established clear expectations of rights, obligations, and possible penalties for all Mesopotamians, thereby making delegation of ruling power easier while also providing people with the stability of knowing what was expected of them. The codes also give modern-day people a clear picture of Mesopotamian values as well as their social and gender differences. Based on this week’s readings, summarize the limitations and rights that Mesopotamian women had. Overall, conclude what the main behaviors are that the law code is trying to support and deter.
Minoan vs. Athenian Life. After reviewing the text and at least one of the linked primary sources, illustrate in your own words the key elements of populations living at the height of Minoan Civilization on Crete vs. Classical Age Athens in terms of gender, class, etc. How did the geography of these civilizations impact these populations? Based on your explanation, judge which civilization you would rather have lived in as well as the type of person (male/female, elite/ordinary, etc) you would prefer to have been.
Qin Shihuangdi’s Achievements and Failures. The founder of the Qin dynasty, Qin Shihuangdi (r. 221-210...