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A Brief History of the World 10,000 years in 4 days!
The World in 2010 Spaceship Earth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmMU uR--Qvo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmMU uR--Qvo How unique is America? How lucky are we? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oumVHS j6AE8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oumVHS j6AE8 How did we arrive here?
3 Factors 1.Subsistence practices 2.Exchange systems 3.Material equipment used to make a living (technology) Survival
The First 6 Million Years… All humans were foragers until 10,000 years ago 90% of all people who ever lived 99% of human history Small groups (<100 people) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pro6X _Kc5wA&feature=fvw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pro6X _Kc5wA&feature=fvw Egalitarian The Original Affluent Society – Marshall Sahlins What is affluence?
The Origins of Inequality Jared Diamond Thesis (NOT fact): The roots of inequality in todays world boil down to geographic luck.
8,000 years ago – Agriculture emerges almost simultaneously in 5 places
Trends from Foraging to Industrialism Increasing population Greater production, surplus, and wealth Greater diversity of products Greater diversity of jobs But… Less efficiency Increased social and economic inequality Increased social conflict Increased labor demand