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Civilization A civilization has advanced and complex structures of the four components that define a culture being social economic political and creative threads A civilization has a natural environmental advantage a civilization has nothing to do with the people in the group A civilization has an environmental advantage leading to surplus and experimentation The three aspects f these theories are environmental advantages surplus and experiments leading to new discoveries OR A civilization is a complex culture which is a small minority of 15 out of every hundred of groups that have roamed the earth Smiths theory of civilization is the Lucky bastards who stumble upon environmental advantages who can then take risks A group of people who have evolved complex political economic social and intellectual activities because they enjoy the benefits of an unusual advantage in an environment An enviernmental advantage is what causes a civilization to be complex Because they have an environmental advantage they will soon have a surplus Which provides them with the opportunity to take risks and experiment providing them with knowledge Hallmarks of an actual civilization are a surplus literacy and sedimentary A surplus is goods which is material possessions food clothes weapons and raw materials Labor being specialization in production of some kind Also time leading to intellectual breakthroughs Types of environmental advantages are rich land and cross roads of trade Egypt - An environmental advantage allows a culture to advance to a civilization Groups that live in an area that have an environmental advantage will obtain a surplus A surplus is when you have an extra amount of time goods and labor Having these will allow the Egyptians to engage in risk taking experiments which lead them to progress and change The Egyptians environmental advantage was the Nile River In March and April they would get very heavy rain the river size would increase and flow north carrying very fertile soil known as silt When
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