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A History of Western Society: From Antiquity to the by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler

By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler

College-level textbook at the background of Western society to the Enlightenment (Volume 1 of two)

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Just as they knew est hunters chipped from flint and obsidian, a black the habits of animals, so they had vast knowledge volcanic rock. During the much shorter Neolithic of the plant kingdom. c, even knew how to plant wild seeds to supplement human beings began using new types of stone tools their food supply. Thus they relied on every part of and, more important, pursuing agriculture. the environment for survival. The basic social unit of Paleolithic societies was probably the family, but family bonds were no doubt stronger and more extensive than those of families in modem, urban, and industrialized socie THE PALEOLITHIC AGE ties.

London: Thames & Hudson, 1969. 1 Near Eastern Origins WHAT IS HISTORY AND WHY and history, first joined by Herodotus, became in separable, and their connection is as valid today as when Herodotus wrote. When studying sources—the most basic activity in research—historians must assess the validity and perspective of each account. They try to determine whether their sources are honest and accurate, gen erally by comparing and contrasting rhc testimony of several different observers, They criticize sources both externally—to attempt to uncover forgeries brought so many different forces to bear for so many different reasons.

As in the hunt, so too in other aspecrs of life- group members had to cooperate to survive. The All Paleolithic peoples relied primarily on hunting for their survival. This scene, painted on the wall of a cave in southern France, depicts the ani mals that this group normally hunted. Paleolithic peoples may have hoped that by drawing fhese animals they gained a magica! power over them, (Source: Douglas Mozonowicz/Gallery of Prehistoric Art) mr v' CHA1TER 1 NEAR EASTERN ORIGINS adult males normally hunted and between hunts made stone weapons, The women's realm was THE NEOLITHIC AGE probably the camp.

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