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Chapter 2 Outline Traditions and Encouters

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1. The quest for order 1. Mesopotamia: "the land between the rivers" 1. Valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates 2. Little rain, so area needs irrigation (small scale by 6000 B.C.E.) 3. Food supplies increase 1. Human population increases 2. Migrants to the area increase--especially Semites 3. Sumer (in south) becomes population center 4. First cities emerge, 4000 B.C.E. 1. Between 3200 and 2350 B.C.E., they evolve into city-states (control of surrounding region) 2. Governments sponsor building projects and irrigation 3. Attacks by others led to wall building and military development
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