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Barbarism describes a society either before the rise of civilization or after civilization has collapsed. Mass illiteracy, abandonment of important complex social institutions, and normless violence signal the onset of barbarism. Causes may include ecological change that undermines the economic surplus necessary to sustain a civilization, social change that weakens the legitimacy of the state, or repeated invasion.

For much of human history, civilization meant city building and urban life. Barbarism thus meant its opposiite. Barbarians were those who could not build or sustain cities. The development of comunications and transportation technologies and the growth of economic surpluses due to industrialism have meant that the advantages of urban life are potentially available to entire populations, regardless of their residence.



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This page was last modified 13:29, 24 July 2006 by dKosopedia user BartFraden. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and dKosopedia user(s) Thorvelden. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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