This exercise will get you to think about the causes of the expansion of civilizations by completing an activity where you are the leader of a civilization. This is a great way for you to begin to think about the pros and cons associated with the development of agrarian civilizations.


Imagine that you are part of the ruling class of an agrarian civilization. You have a problem: Your civilization is running low on resources! You have two options: raise taxes on your citizens or conquer a neighboring civilization. What will you do?

For Further Discussion

In the Questions Area below, write the following:
  • Whether you will raise taxes or conquer a neighboring civilization.
  • Either a benefit or drawback of doing that.
Then, look at what other people wrote. If someone listed a benefit of their plan, you should comment and list a drawback. Or, if someone listed a drawback, respond with a benefit. Remember, it’s always best to look at things from multiple perspectives.