Master-clues in World-history by Andrew Reid CowanMaster-clues in World-history by Andrew Reid Cowan

Master-clues in World-history

byAndrew Reid Cowan

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV THE NOMAD1 IN WORLD-HISTORY (1) The Primary Civilisations Where the settlers of Egypt and Mesopotamia came from we do not know.2 But it is thought likely they must have been intrusive races. For, if we may judge by the condition of the Upper Nile3 still and the reedy desolation of the ancient Babylonian sites to-day, the original condition of the rivers must have been in great part swampy, unwholesome, and not naturally fitted for human habitation. In short, wholesale reclamation may have been a condition precedent of the agriculture of the regions, which, by nature, were less fitted for tillage than the "loess" lands of China, the "black earth " belt of Russia, and the virgin soil of the North American prairies. But the immense 1 The word is here used to include not only hunters but shepherds who may be only semi-nomads. The earliest inhabitants of Mesopotamia were apparently neither "Aryan" nor "Semitio" but "Turanian "--hypothetically of kin with Mongols, Chinese, and Turks rather than with the more westerly peoples. And also the delta. While there is sudd in the higher regions, there are even yet " sour swamps " at the mouths. 44 territories mentioned were open to the predatoriness of the nomads, while Egypt and Mesopotamia were better protected by nature than almost any other corners of the ancient world. A band of deserts stretches diagonally across the Old World from Senegal to Siberia, beginning with the " hot" type--the Sahara, the greatest of wildernesses--and ending in the " cold " sterility of the Siberian tundras. Egypt and Mesopotamia are included in this great diagonal, and occupy the "armpits" of the great peninsula of Arabia which joins Africa to Asia. Both countries are practically rainless, but watered by rivers which annua...
Title:Master-clues in World-historyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217511198

ISBN - 13:9780217511193