World History Homework One Answers - Student One
1.I hope to accomplish the same with this course as I did with American history- to do more than just memorize terms, but to actually expand my knowledge about the past, and be able to use it for the future.
2.I am very interested in the date of creation. It’s fascinating that some believe over billions of years the universe and life evolved, and that others believe that in a literal week (well, six days) everything was directly created. I’m not sure which claim I accept, but what I find most interesting is that we really don’t know how old either we or the universe are, even though it seems like such a basic fact.
- Good answer that reflects an open mind, though your use of the word "we" is presumptuous here. Many people feel they do know how old "we or the universe are," and logically some of them must be right.--Andy Schlafly 23:09, 6 February 2009 (EST)
3.The Code of Hammurabi helped make Babylon a success. Its brief, strict laws didn’t allow for wiggle-room or numerous appeals, as the legal system today does. However, the Code was not all good. Arguably, it was too liberal in serving the death penalty, and it was harsher on the lower, poorer classes. It also contained examples of very primitive justice, such as its second precept, “If any one brings an accusation against a man, and the accused goes to the river and leaps into the river, if he sinks in the river his accuser shall take possession of his house. But if the river proves that the accused is not guilty, and he escapes unhurt, then he who had brought the accusation shall be put to death, while he who leaped into the river shall take possession of the house that had belonged to his accuser.”
4.The greatest empires of early civilization were Sumer, Egypt, and Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia. My favorite is Egypt because it seems like the least warlike and violent, and the most ingenious in terms of building the Pyramids and creating a relatively modern civilization.
5.Of course the Israel/Palestine conflict comes to mind. This is notable not only for being an Arab/Jewish feud, but because there may be a loose relation between ancient Philistines (enemies of ancient Israel) and Palestinians, which adds another layer to the conflict.
- Excellent point, which is "model answer" quality
6.The Three Kingdoms of ancient Egypt are the Old Kingdom (3100-2200 BC), Middle Kingdom (2100-1650 BC), and New Kingdom (1550-700 BC). The Pyramids were built during the Old Kingdom and security allowed for a government to form. The Middle Kingdom saw the expansion of religion and cultural achievements. Egypt expanded its culture even more during the New Kingdom due to the invasion of the Hyksos and subsequent cultural borrowing, and Thutmose III began an expansion of Egypt. After this expansion Egypt began to collapse and lost its independence.
- Superb analysis based on the lecture and mainstream consensus about the dates. But I've recently learned that some criticize the old date estimates, and I find the criticisms raise good points.
3.Debate: Which matters more in making a society successful: its laws or its language? It’s almost like asking what’s more important, food, water, or air? Both are vital to a successful society. Laws keep order and structure, and allow a society to prosper- perhaps give it the chance to develop a language. But then again, the laws must be transmitted and enforced intelligibly, and that requires language of some kind. If it has to be one or the other, I would choose laws, but I think they’re both necessary.
- Excellent. Personally, I think language is more important because it effects everyone, particularly during formative childhood years. Children are not influenced as much by laws, in my humble opinion.
4.I just want to comment on how large and successful the cities of ancient times were. For example, Babylon was larger than San Francisco, and Sumerian/early Mesopotamian cities were modern in all aspects except technology. When you think “ancient” you think cavemen or savages, but the ancient people were very much just as advanced as we are now. If they had had the same technology back then as we have now, they would probably have been almost identical to us today.
- Terrific answer ... also model answer quality! Except I'd say "they probably would have been superior (not identical) to us today. The achievements of the ancients far surpass ours in insight, and I feel their intelligence was inevitably superior also.
Perfect start! 80/80.--Andy Schlafly 23:09, 6 February 2009 (EST)