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First Civilizations

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Catalogue Number:  041899
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:  Anthropology, Archaeology, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  234
Closed Captions:  Yes

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First Civilizations is a follow-up up from the 2015 series First Peoples. Human civilizations first emerged in the Near East, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, the Andes, and Mesoamerica. All subsequent civilizations have been derived from these original six foundational civilizations. The series four episodes will break down the history of the first civilizations by topics: warfare, agriculture, religion, and trade

Episode 1: War

Examine the process of “destructive creation” — the idea that fear, rivalry and conflict strengthen community bonds while stimulating an arms race of technological progress. The result is civilization. Ancient Mesoamerica exemplifies this development.

Episode 2: Religion

The secret to the stability and cohesion of Ancient Egypt was religion. When people share a core set of beliefs, they are more likely to identify as one. That was true for the first civilizations, it’s just as true today.

Episode 3: Cities

View the birthplace of civilization: the Middle East, site of the world’s first villages, towns and cities, from the hills of Turkey to the plains of Iraq. They were crucibles of invention and innovation — turbo-charging the pace of progress.

Episode 4: Trade

Examine an ancient civilization unlike any other, that of the Indus Valley. Rather than imposing order through war or religion, it relied on the free flow of trade. The exchange of goods promoted wealth, co-operation and trust.

234 minutes on 2 Discs.

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