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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Voting was restricted to male property owners.
Tradition of philosophy, architecture, and western culture.Ancient Greece – BCE -800-500 height
Monotheism-belief in one God
Judeo-Christian heritage and influence in AmericaJudaism & Christianity
Golden age of art, music, and science
Age of Exploration and discovery of the New WorldThe Renaissance-1300-1700
Revolt against abuse of religion
Sale of indulgences
New branches of ChristianityThe Reformation
Forced King to accept representation of Parliament
Right to petition and right to bear armsEnglish Bill of Rights
18th and 19th centuries
New ideas about government and natural rights
John Locke & MontesquieuThe Enlightenment