• Civilizations have been shaped by and continue to be shaped by creative and destructive impulses that reside, side by side, in humans.

  • The study of comparative civilizations requires an understanding of human needs and how these impact on culture and communities.

  • Forces that have shaped civilizations include:
    • needs for power and control vs. needs for individual freedoms
    • needs for expansion, innovation, conquest, vs. needs for protecting traditions
    • globalization vs. protection of traditional communities

  • The study of history requires an understanding that events of the past are influenced by different perspectives.

  • The study of history requires the ability to make thoughtful and intelligent interpretations of data, compare different points of view, suspend judgment and form tentative conclusions.




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