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A civilization or civilisation (see English spelling differences ) is any complex society characterized by urban development , social stratification imposed by a cultural elite , symbolic systems of communication (for example, writing systems ), and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment . [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Adjectives like "civility" developed in the mid-16th century. The abstract noun "civilization", meaning "civilized condition", came in the 1760s, again from French. The first known use in French is in 1757, by Victor Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau , and the first use in English is attributed to Adam Ferguson , who in his 1767 Essay on the History of Civil Society wrote, "Not only the individual advances from infancy to manhood, but the species itself from rudeness to civilisation". [19] The word was therefore opposed to barbarism or rudeness, in the active pursuit of progress characteristic of the Age of Enlightenment .

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, during the French Revolution , "civilization" was used in the singular , never in the plural, and meant the progress of humanity as a whole. This is still the case in French. [20] The use of "civilizations" as a countable noun was in occasional use in the 19th century, [21] but has become much more common in the later 20th century, sometimes just meaning culture (itself in origin an uncountable noun, made countable in the context of ethnography ). [22] Only in this generalized sense does it become possible to speak of a "medieval civilization", which in Elias's sense would have been an oxymoron.

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Once upon a time, humans were hunter-gatherers. They moved around as nomads season by season, year by year, hunting animals and gathering fruit and nuts from plants. About 12,000 years ago, humans changed their ways. They started to settle in single locations. People debate the reason for that. Perhaps they realized they could produce a food surplus. Perhaps it started with mere experimentation. But whatever caused it, it was a huge change in the way humans lived.

Whatever the reason, humans had to answer an important question: where should they settle? To answer that question, we have to think about what they were settling down to do. Twelve thousand years ago, humans started to form what's called an agrarian society. An agrarian society is a society where cultivating the land is the primary source of wealth, where the focus is on agriculture and farming.

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A civilization or civilisation (see English spelling differences ) is any complex society characterized by urban development , social stratification imposed by a cultural elite , symbolic systems of communication (for example, writing systems ), and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment . [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Adjectives like "civility" developed in the mid-16th century. The abstract noun "civilization", meaning "civilized condition", came in the 1760s, again from French. The first known use in French is in 1757, by Victor Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau , and the first use in English is attributed to Adam Ferguson , who in his 1767 Essay on the History of Civil Society wrote, "Not only the individual advances from infancy to manhood, but the species itself from rudeness to civilisation". [19] The word was therefore opposed to barbarism or rudeness, in the active pursuit of progress characteristic of the Age of Enlightenment .

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, during the French Revolution , "civilization" was used in the singular , never in the plural, and meant the progress of humanity as a whole. This is still the case in French. [20] The use of "civilizations" as a countable noun was in occasional use in the 19th century, [21] but has become much more common in the later 20th century, sometimes just meaning culture (itself in origin an uncountable noun, made countable in the context of ethnography ). [22] Only in this generalized sense does it become possible to speak of a "medieval civilization", which in Elias's sense would have been an oxymoron.

A civilization or civilisation (see English spelling differences ) is any complex society characterized by urban development , social stratification imposed by a cultural elite , symbolic systems of communication (for example, writing systems ), and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment . [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Adjectives like "civility" developed in the mid-16th century. The abstract noun "civilization", meaning "civilized condition", came in the 1760s, again from French. The first known use in French is in 1757, by Victor Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau , and the first use in English is attributed to Adam Ferguson , who in his 1767 Essay on the History of Civil Society wrote, "Not only the individual advances from infancy to manhood, but the species itself from rudeness to civilisation". [19] The word was therefore opposed to barbarism or rudeness, in the active pursuit of progress characteristic of the Age of Enlightenment .

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, during the French Revolution , "civilization" was used in the singular , never in the plural, and meant the progress of humanity as a whole. This is still the case in French. [20] The use of "civilizations" as a countable noun was in occasional use in the 19th century, [21] but has become much more common in the later 20th century, sometimes just meaning culture (itself in origin an uncountable noun, made countable in the context of ethnography ). [22] Only in this generalized sense does it become possible to speak of a "medieval civilization", which in Elias's sense would have been an oxymoron.

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Once upon a time, humans were hunter-gatherers. They moved around as nomads season by season, year by year, hunting animals and gathering fruit and nuts from plants. About 12,000 years ago, humans changed their ways. They started to settle in single locations. People debate the reason for that. Perhaps they realized they could produce a food surplus. Perhaps it started with mere experimentation. But whatever caused it, it was a huge change in the way humans lived.

Whatever the reason, humans had to answer an important question: where should they settle? To answer that question, we have to think about what they were settling down to do. Twelve thousand years ago, humans started to form what's called an agrarian society. An agrarian society is a society where cultivating the land is the primary source of wealth, where the focus is on agriculture and farming.


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