1. Mesopotamia, China, and the Indus Valley before mankind

1.      What
is the most important point the readings and why?  The most significant point of this article
stresses “the origins, growth and current rate of progress of urbanization
around the world” (Davis, 429). Davis suggests that origins of urbanization
involve living in rural and ancient cities such as Mesopotamia, China, and the
Indus Valley before mankind even existed (Davis, 429). Davis also suggests that
the growth of urbanization led to the contributions of urbanization such as agriculture
during the pre-Industrial period, technological innovations such as access to
trade and commerce (Davis, 431-2). The current rate of progress of urbanization
indicates that urbanization “grew rapidly from 1800 to 1950” (Davis, 433).

2.      Which
of the POET categories was emphasized by the readings? The population was
emphasized by this article because it involved people moving from one place to another.
For example, the Neolithic population was dense as opposed to hunters due to
the reliance on agriculture (Davis, 430). The organization was also emphasized
in this article such as social class including the traders and artisans because
“obtaining goods and services did not rely on the presence of land” (Davis,
430). Technology was finally emphasized due to having access to trade and
scientific developments which includes utilizing the “solar calendar” (Davis,
430). For example, there are ports in Asia that are close to cities for having
access to trade during urbanization (Davis, 430).

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3.      What
connections did the readings make with other materials or classes? The article The Origin and Growth of Urbanization in the
World by Kingsley Davis makes a
major connection with the POET Understanding big changes.

4.      What
did you not understand from the readings? From this article The Origin and Growth of Urbanization in the
World by Kingsley Davis, I did not understand what this phrase means by
“many problems associated with urbanization are unsolved and its future
direction and potentialities are still a matter of uncertainty” (Davis, 429).

 

References:

Davis, Kingsley. “The Origin and Growth of
Urbanization in the World.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 60,
no. 5, 1955, pp. 429–437., doi:10.1086/221602.