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Explain the history of written communication.

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The history of written communication is extremely complex, with many different kinds of writing arising in many different places.  Written communication has been used for a wide variety of purposes.  In the kind of space available here, we can only look at a very few high points in the history of written communication.

Written communication begins, so far as we know, around 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia.  This is when the first known form of writing, cuneiform, arose.  At first, written communication was...

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