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The Big Picture. The Beginning. Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old Modern human civilization has been around for less than 7,000 years. First to introduce direct democracy. Voting was restricted to male property owners. Tradition of philosophy, architecture, and western culture.

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The Big Picture


The Beginning

  • Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old

  • Modern human civilization has been around for less than 7,000 years


First to introduce direct democracy.

Voting was restricted to male property owners.

Tradition of philosophy, architecture, and western culture.

Ancient Greece – BCE -800-500 height


Roman Republic 300BC-300AD

  • First to introduce representative government

  • Established a Republic and Senate.

  • Ruled ¼ of the human population at its peak


The 10 Commandments

Monotheism-belief in one God

Judeo-Christian heritage and influence in America

Judaism & Christianity


The Middle Ages & The Magna Carta300AD-1400

  • Also known as the Dark Ages

  • No true democratic government; mostly monarchy

  • Magna Carta signed in 1215; first time a sovereign was forced to yield power


14th-17th century

Golden age of art, music, and science

Age of Exploration and discovery of the New World

The Renaissance-1300-1700


1517-1648

Revolt against abuse of religion

Sale of indulgences

Martin Luther

New branches of Christianity

The Reformation


1689

Forced King to accept representation of Parliament

Right to petition and right to bear arms

English Bill of Rights


18th and 19th centuries

Scientific Revolution

New ideas about government and natural rights

John Locke & Montesquieu

The Enlightenment


Stop & Think!

  • Humans have only been around for a very short period of time within earth’s 4.5 billion year history, so why do we consider ourselves to be so important? Are we?


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