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A broad introduction to a major turning point in human development, this book guides the reader through the emergence of civilization in Mesopotamia, when city life began and writing was invented.
Covering Mesopotamia from around 3000 BCE to the fall of Babylon in 539 BCE, Mesopotamia and the Rise of Civilization: History, Documents, and Key Questions combines narrative history material and reference entries that enable students to learn about the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia and its enormous influence on western civilization with primary source documents that promote critical thinking skills.
The book provides essential background via a historical overview of early development of society in Mesopotamia. This introduction is followed by reference entries on key topics; 4,000-year-old primary sources that explore Mesopotamian civilization through voices of the time and bring to light the events of a schoolboy's day, the boasts of kings, and personal letters about family concerns, for example; and a section of argumentative essays that presents thought-provoking perspectives on key issues. While the intended readership is high school students, the book's authoritative coverage of intriguing subject matter will also appeal to the wider public, especially in these times of heightened focus on the Middle East.
- Includes reference entries that explore important aspects of Mesopotamian civilization, such as key historical developments, technological and intellectual innovations, and aspects of social, economic, political, and domestic life
- Enables readers to gain insight into the thinking and life experience of ancient Mesopotamians through primary sources
- Provokes discussion through the debate of three major questions about the rise of civilization
- Combines several different approaches to the subject to promote critical thinking skillls and support Common Core State Standards
- Supports NCHS World History standards for Era 2, Standards 1A and 1B, and Common Core critical thinking skills for English Language Arts/World History and Social Studies
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Crossroads in World History
Through a mix of reference entries, primary source documents, and original essays, this series helps readers understand and contextualize events central to world history. Each volume in the series explores a particular turning point in world history and contains a timeline, a historical overview, approximately 50 reference entries, 10 to 15 primary sources, original argumentative essays, and a bibliography. Designed as a series of one-stop resources, the books help students understand the background, causes, and consequences of critical historical events and evaluate original evidence and arguments.
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"Books in this series intend to help students understand the causes and effects associated with historical events and this one achieves its goal. Additional resources, a bibliography, and an index are included. Recommended."
"An excellent introduction to the study of early civilization for beginning scholars. Summing Up: Recommended. High school through lower-level undergraduates; general readers."
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