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The number of educated women was much less than it is now. The most learned among them used to read sacred legends, or religious tracts, or recite hymns to the other ladies, who would listen attentively for hours. I believe this social pastime is still in favour in the provinces. Turkish women, according to their social position, have various duties to discharge. No qualities are so much sought after in an average marriageable woman as the domestic ones. In the provinces the peasant women, besides managing their humble domestic affairs, have to work in the fields, more especially when their brothers and husbands are away discharging their compulsory military service.
Not including wood, cobblestone, brick, or macadam—none of which were well suited to automobiles—there were only 10 miles of paved roads in the United States in 1900, but by the end of the century, there were nearly 6 million miles of paved roadways. Cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles have become the main means of personal transportation. At the same time, this development has been dramatically uneven. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, a central African country roughly the size of Western Europe, there are fewer than 1,500 miles of paved roads.
Changes in media technologies have altered the way people communicate and think, but also how they express themselves in art, literature, and music. In the nineteenth century, the invention of photography created a powerful new way to record images and impressions, one used by those interested in documentation as well as by artists. Verisimilitude (or life-likeness) ceased to be a priority in much art in the decades that followed as that task was relegated to photography, and millions of people had their pictures made, while ever fewer had their portraits painted.