Five of the characteristics of a civilization are literacy, public architecture, public wealth, professions and a social hierarchy. The existence of urban centers, infrastructure and permanent habitations are also considered as defining characteristics of a civilization. Many other defining characteristics exist, and while the type and number can depend upon the source consulted, a civilization is often most broadly defined as any complex state society.Continue Reading
Carroll Quigley defined civilization as "a producing society with an instrument of expansion" in 1979. The "instrument of expansion" refers to a variety of social organizations that, in combination, are able to satisfy basic human needs. Quigley also added that a society becomes a civilization when it develops a writing system and a city life.
Samuel P. Huntington, in his 1993 book "The Clash of Civilizations," defined a civilization as "the highest cultural grouping" and the "broadest cultural identity" of which people are capable of. Huntington's defining characteristics include common objective elements, such as history, language and religion, along with the subjective self-identification of the people who comprise the civilization.
Albert Schweitzer, in his book "The Philosophy of Civilizations," outlines the idea that dual opinions exist within society regarding civilizations: one in which a civilization is viewed as a purely material concept, and the other in which a civilization is seen as both material and ethical. He stated that the then-world crisis, in 1923, was the result of humanity having lost sight of the ethical concept of civilization.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Colombian people are characterized as friendly, talkative, emotional, soccer-loving, family-oriented and beautiful. Colombians come in all shapes, colors and sizes because of the influx of African slaves to the region in the early 16th century. Colombians can have blond hair and blue eyes or black hair and brown eyes. There isn't a set physical feature that characterizes these diverse group of people. Colombian women are considered some of the most beautiful women in the world.Full Answer >
Some of the defining characteristics of Alaskan culture include the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, totem carving, art, native dancing, and Russian Orthodox communities and churches. Alaska comprises eleven distinct native cultures and languages with 22 different dialects, each with a unique heritage.Full Answer >
Some important characteristics of South Korean culture are social status, urban living and an industrial economy. Sex roles define work and marriage. Other elements of Korean culture involve food, holidays and art.Full Answer >
Although there are great regional variations in traditional German dress, there are also certain consistencies between men and women's garb that can be identified. For women, there is the bodice called the dirndl. For men, there is the famous short pants outfit called lederhosen. Collectively, such traditional garb for both sexes is called "tracht," derived from the German verb, "tragen," meaning "to wear."Full Answer >