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By Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman

This lively narrative demanding situations scholars to contemplate the which means of yankee historical past. considerate inclusion of the lives of daily humans, cultural variety, paintings, and pop culture preserves the text's easy method of American heritage as a narrative of the entire American humans. The 7th version keeps the emphasis at the targeted social background of the USA and engages scholars via state-of-the-art learn and scholarship. New content material comprises increased insurance of contemporary background (post-1945) with dialogue of overseas kinfolk, gender research, and race and racial kinfolk

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SEXUAL DIVISION European farmers, who were called peasants, owned or leased separate OF LABOR IN landholdings, but they worked the EUROPE fields communally. Because fields had to lie fallow (unplanted) every second or third year to regain fertility, a family could not ensure itself a regular food supply unless the work and the crops were shared annually by all the villagers. Men did most of the fieldwork; women helped out chiefly at planting and harvest. In some areas men concentrated on herding livestock.

The major deities of agricultural peoples like the Pueblos and Muskogeans were associated with cultivation, and their chief festivals centered on planting and harvest. The most important gods of hunters, such as those living on the Great Plains, were associated with animals, and their major festivals were related to hunting. A band’s economy and women’s role in it helped to determine women’s potential as religious leaders. Women held the most prominent positions in those agricultural societies in which they were also the chief food producers, whereas in hunting societies men took the lead in religious as well as political affairs.

The war interrupted overland trade routes through France connecting England and the Netherlands to the Italian city-states and thence to Central Asia. Merchants in the eastern Mediterranean found a new way of reaching their northern markets by forging a regular maritime link with the Netherlands that replaced the overland route. The use of a triangular, or lateen, sail (rather than the then-standard square rigging) improved the maneuverability of ships, enabling them to sail out of the Mediterranean and north around the European coast.

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