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1: Table of Contents Mesopotamia: pg.1-2 Egypt: 3-4 Indus Valley:5-6 China: 7-8

2: *In Mesopotamian religion controls the government *The Mesopotamians invented the plow to make farming much easier *Mesopotamia is considered to be the "land between two rivers" *The written language of the Mesopotamians is cuneiform *In Mesopotamia polytheism was a heavy religion | *Mesopotamians,back then, used slavery to get work done faster *When the rivers would flood it would produce very rich silt or soil *The Mesopotamians used irrigation *City - states within Mesopotamia would always be at war *Kings, Land holders, and priests would usually be found at the top of society

5: *desert surrounds all of Egypt *The Egyptians created paper by using papyrus *Most Egyptians were are polytheistic *The Egyptians used Hieroglyphics as their writing system *Egyptians also used to used slavery | *Egypt was divided into upper and lower kingdoms *The Egyptians would preserve a body through the process of mummification *The pharaohs of Egypt had the highest honor by being buried in the highest point of the pyramids *Depending on what social class you were in thats where you were placed in a pyramid when you died

6: The Indus Valley is located between the Indus and the Ganges river *The Indus valley is the birth place of the Hindu culture *The Hindus invented their own plumbing system | *(The Hindus have a strong central government *The Harappen civilization developed their own written language that was never able to be deciphered *The Himalayas are to the north of the Indus valley *The major buildings are in the center of the cities *The harappen civilization developed a grid system to map their cities *The Indus valley would often have some monsoons

8: *In China, when the Yellow river floods it leaves behind a special colored silt *The Shang society was divided between nobles and peasants *In ancient China, they use symbols to represent words instead of letters | *the Chinese see their culture and religion as the center of all civilizations *The Chinese Government used feudalism *the Chinese used wooden buildings and learned how to control floods *In China, Family is very important to most people *The families also believe that their ancestors could bring curses or blessings *China is located between the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers *The Himalayas are found south of China

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