Sunday, December 22, 2019

Comparing Ancient Egyptian And Chinese Social Structures

Willow Clark Hist 1110-04 World Civilizations September 29, 2015 Similarities in Early Egyptian and Chinese Social Structures When studied, early complex civilizations naturally settled in groups and developed social hierarchies. Whatever the emerging culture, there must of course be a leader. Whether it is a warrior protecting the group from warring neighbors, forcing his way to the head of the pack, or a wise and eloquent father figure, gently guiding and imparting knowledge to his subjects, in order for a society to function there must be a leader for the people to follow. Jared Diamond claimed that the emergence of social elites and eventually kings were dependent on the establishment or sedentary cultures, according to him, â€Å"only in farming populations could a healthy, non-producing elite set itself above the disease-ridden masses?†. 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