Over time, as humans' relationships to their environment changed, their subsistence strategies had to change. Climatic changes that produced droughts in once fertile and productive areas made it impossible for hunting and gathering people to maintain their mobile way of life. Being forced to stay close to any source of water they could find, they began planting fields of wheat and barley around them (Guns, Germs and Steel, 2005). Increased production of grain required the development of storage technologies which would then permit people to store their grains for long periods of time. Production and storage of grains allowed peop...
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... revolution are felt even today as most of civilization is concerned with innovation, commerce and politics and can leave matters of basic sustenance to the select part of society that ensures it is always available for our consumption. Success, to most, is no longer defined by survival, but by surplus.
Goucher, Candice, and Linda Walton. World History: Journeys from Past to Present. New York: Routledge, 2013.
Guns, Germs and Steel. Directed by Tim Lambert. National Geographic Television and Film. 2005.
*Roberts, J. M. A Short History of the World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Sundermann, Elizabeth. Agriculture and Urban Revolutions. Class lecture, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA, April 16, 2014.
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