Chapter 1 DBQ
The role of the physical environment in the development of early civilization in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley led to societies flourishing, construction of complex buildings, and the development of a set of belief systems. Physical environment helped with the development of early civilization in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley by helping societies to flourish. Excerpt from the story of Gilgamesh states how the people of Sumer depend on the grain that they grow. The environment provides Sumer their grain thus allowing them to feed themselves and continuing to grow. The increase in population allows the society to flourish. One could say that document 1 is unreliable because it only describes how Sumer depends on grain. It does not state if their population flourishes or not due to the grain. An additional document that would be helpful for document 1 would be a record of Sumer’s grain and population. This will help judge whether or not the physical environment of grain helped increase population thus allowing us to know if it helped with early civilization. (Doc1) A map of the River-Valley Civilization, 3500-1500 B.C.E. shows how civilizations flourished around rivers. The rivers played as physical environments and helped civilizations flourish by providing water for irrigation, travel, and trade. All of these led to complex societies. An additional document that will be helpful for document 2 would be a written excerpt by a villager describing how the rivers helped his or her village. It would help understand if the physical environments which were the rivers helped with early civilizations. (Doc2) A map of Ancient Egypt shows civilizations growing along the Nile. The physical factor is the Nile and it is used for irrigation, transportation, and for its water. The societies along the Nile flourished which helped develop early civilizations. An additional document that would be helpful with document 6 would be a written...
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