Philip's atlas of world history (concise edition) by Patrick K O'Brien

By Patrick K O'Brien

This atlas provides the tale of civilization in actual atmosphere. in particular designed to aid the reader visualize nice historic issues and decisive moments. It combines four hundred especially drawn maps depicting the scope of those occasions. The atlas beneficial properties one hundred thirty five double-page spreads, every one of which potrays key develppments in a global sector over a particular time period. each one unfold beneficial properties maps including complementary textual content discussing and explaining the old, political, geographical, social, cultural and relgious issues at the back of every one subject.

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House compounds in Maya cities were interspersed with doorstep gardens and raised fields in swamp areas, and a great variety of crops were grown in both. By contrast the agricultural lands supporting Teotihuacan lay outside the city, in the Basin of Mexico. Highland and lowland cities alike, however, focused on a ceremonial centre containing temples and the residences and burial places of the elite Recent discoveries have shown that the Maya employed intensive farming techniques, including hillside terracing to counteract erosion, and canals dug along rivers and in bajos (seasonal swamps) for drainage, water storage and probably fish- represent only a fraction of what once farming and communications.

The Greek landscape is dominated by the sea and by mountains, which cover 80 per cent of the mainland and reach heights of over 2,000 metres (6,000 feet) (map 1). Authors such as Plato glorified a past when the countryside was lush and densely wooded, but by the 1st millennium B. poor soil and the scarce rainfall during the summer months limited the possibilities for growing crops. Modern botanical and geological studies reveal a remarkable stability in the Greek countryside during the last 3-4,000 years, until the recent industrialization of agriculture.

This functioned as the political, administrative and religious centre for the surrounding countryside. Some city-states expanded their influence and came to dominate; others remained on a more equal footing with neighbouring cities, with whom they acted as a federal unit in matters such as foreign policy. During the 8th century BC a sense of a Greek identity emerged, primarily based on language and religion - and expressed in the panHellenic (all-Greek) festivals such as the Olympic Games and the shared oracles at Delphi and Dodona.

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