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CCWH #1 Agricultural Revolution

Agricultural revolution notes from John Green's Crash Course because I need to study uwu
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Valrye White

on 15 January 2013

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Transcript of CCWH #1 Agricultural Revolution

Crash Course World History 1 Agricultural
Revolution Hunter-Gatherers - Foraged for wold berries and roots
- Hunted animals
-Best hunting gig was fishing
A. Abundant resource
B. Fish are unlikely to eat you
- Primarily nomadic The Cheeseburger of Destiny Cheeseburger. 490 calories, 99 cents. What?
Let's take a look at what this cheeseburger requires.
- Feeding, raising, and slaughtering of cows
- Grinding, freezing, and shipment of meat
- Growth and processing of wheat
- Milking of cows and changing milk to cheese
- Growth and pickling of cucumbers
- Sweetening of tomatoes
- Grinding of mustard seed How is it that this majesty of modern society is only worth 11 minutes of work at minimum wage? To find out, we'll have to look at the whole of history. A good place to start is the agricultural revolution. -Followed the herds - Bones and teeth of hunter-gatherers were better than agriculturalists
-Actually didn't spend much time
hunting and gathering
Spent more time on:
A. Art
B. Music
C. Storytelling
D. Reproduction Cultivation of Crops - Rose independently
- But does that mean it was a
good choice? Pros Cons - Control of food
supply
-Creates food surplus
-Creates specialization
of labor
-Can support 99 cent
cheeseburgers
-Can be, to a certain
extent, practical all
over the world - Must radically change
environment to fit
enough crops for
growing population
(i.e. terracing)
-Farming is hard
-Farming can lead to
slave labor The Short End of the Stick A.K.A Herders - Domesticate animals and take them on the road
- Animals provide for all needs
- Food
- Drinks (milk)
- Shelter (leather)
- Clothing (leather and wool
- Leaves you with no choice but to move all the time, preventing the growth of cities...
- UNLESS YOU ARE THE MONGOLS
- Not many animals can be domesticated
- For example, the Americas only had the llama. So Why Choose Agriculture? "Maybe population pressure necessitated agriculture even though it was more work, or abundance gave people leisure to experiment with domestication or planting originated from a fertility rite -- or as some historians have argued -- people needed to domesticate grains in order to produce more alcohol." People didn't experiment with grains because they wanted to start the agricultural revolution, they did it because they were like, "Hey, you know what would be awesome? MORE FOOD." The Bad things in a
Post-Agricultural Revolution World Lots of stuff that came from the agricultural revolution were really great. These are not those things.
- Patriarchy
- Inequality
- War
- Famine
- Cleared forests
- Drilling for oil
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