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Physical geographical influences on the development of civilizations

Author: Alec Murphy; Alphonse Keasley; Ronald C Meyer; Ambrose Video Publishing.; Centre Communications.
Publisher: New York : Ambrose Video, ©2012.
Series: Physical geography : making sense of planet earth.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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In the seventh program Alec introduces one of the great debates in geography: how much does place or physical geography determine human development, cultural and economic? Using historical examples and present-day case studies, he presents both sides of the argument known as environmental determinism, the theory that environments are key motivators of culture and technology. There is general acceptance of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Maya.
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alec Murphy; Alphonse Keasley; Ronald C Meyer; Ambrose Video Publishing.; Centre Communications.
OCLC Number: 855998855
Language Note: Closed captioned.
Performer(s): Presented by Alec Murphy.
Narrated by Alphonse Keasley.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (30 min.)) : digital, sound, color.
Contents: Environmental determinism --
Importance of rivers in developing civilizations --
Challenges to environmental determinism --
Importance of soils in developing civilizations --
Importance of natural resources in the development of civilizations.
Series Title: Physical geography : making sense of planet earth.
Other Titles: Physical geographic influences on the development of human societies
Responsibility: produced by Centre Communications Inc. for Ambrose Video Publishing ; producer, Ron Meyer ; director/writer, Ron Meyer.

Abstract:

In the seventh program Alec introduces one of the great debates in geography: how much does place or physical geography determine human development, cultural and economic? Using historical examples and present-day case studies, he presents both sides of the argument known as environmental determinism, the theory that environments are key motivators of culture and technology. There is general acceptance of the importance of river valleys in the creation of cities and civilizations, such as the Mississippian culture, however, the idea that advanced civilizations could not develop in tropical areas has been largely discredited by the Maya. The history of agriculture in the United States provides an example of the importance of soils and agricultural technology in the development of civilization. The discovery of gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota and present day competition for oil reserves, illustrates the importance of natural resources in the competition to succeed as a civilization. Moving to the 21st Century, Alec observes how international trade and development are changing patterns of civilization in our contemporary world.

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