World History Honors-Mr. Conrick
Civilization Narrative Essay
Civilization is defined in five concepts: advanced cities, specialized workers, complex institutions, record keeping, and advanced technology. In addition to those five, a world system should also criteria for civilization, because it’s actually needed for all them to work properly. Also it shows that societies are different which means they are civilized in their own way. Connecting a civilization to a world system allows it to advance and flourish in many ways throughout time, benefiting the society in almost all the themes of world history; politically, economically and socially. Overall if world history is all about connections, we must understand the complexity of those connections and therefore be open-minded to societies and how they connect to the outside world.
The first reason to why I think connecting to a world system should be the sixth criteria for determining civilization is because of how it prospers the society in so many ways. For example if a society interacts with the outside world, it is then opened to communication which allows it to build bonds and be more protected while in a conflict or war. For example, the Triple alliance that formed between the Aztecs, Texcoco and Tlacopan that controlled a vast empire together. The building of bonds between a society’s neighbors also often leads to trading systems amongst each other, such as the international exchange made by Aksum to neighboring countries Egypt and Arabia. This system of trade greatly benefits the economy as well. Connecting to a world system is also valuable for a society to spark socially speaking too. Becoming in contact with other places can open up that society to share cultural and religious ideas, like the combining of Hinduism and Buddhism. All in all connecting to the outside world is a huge factor in any growing society and therefore needs to be a criterion.
The second reason to why I...