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Mesopotamia• Evolution of theocracy/ Economics A Brief History of God

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Mesopotamia• Evolution of theocracy/ Economics – Irrigation requires cooperation because river beds tend to change – Changing river beds cause expanded irrigation – Expanding irrigation causes expanding settlements – The whims of rivers are ascribed to gods – Thus priests are natural arbiters of the community – Priests are natural arbiters of the economic surplus – Temples become administration buildings – The irrigation society naturally creates city-states, and such city-states are naturally theocracies 20

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