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    we may have taken a fatal turn with agriculturally based civilizations with hierarchy and dense population growth.

    but it may be that agriculture developed in a particular way under patriarchy.

    •  I think it's the empire thing that changed it. (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, cville townie

      Didn't the Sumerians have city-states?  At any rate, there was a rather significant environmental change in Europe and Africa with the expansion of the Roman Empire (for instance) -- forests were cut to make way for farmland and species went out of business.

      "Coal is a rock in the ground. Only under definite historical relations did coal become fossil fuel." --Jason W. Moore

      by Cassiodorus on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:06:47 PM PDT

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