Concepts and Descriptions
Balance: When power is equal on both sides.
Civilization: Organized: Urban Development, Political & Social Structure, Control of the Natural Environment: a Complex Society.
Colonialism: The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers and exploiting it economically.
Era: A long and distinct period of history with a particular feature or characteristic.
Escalation: An increase in the intensity or seriousness of a situation leading to a larger crisis.
Exploration: The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it.
Genocide: The deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political or cultural group.
Industrialization: Process of transforming an economy based on individual craftsman into automated assembly line factories.
Invasion: The act of attacking a country or region with an armed force.
Migration: When people or animals move from one place to another.
Militarism: Policy of glorifying military power and being prepared for war.
Nationalism: A sentiment or sense of belonging or pride in your country
Origins: The point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived.
Patterns: A series of actions or behaviors that are consistent.
Sectionalism: Narrowing your interest to more local/state/regional issues- disregarding the overall good of the state or nation.
Self-Interest: Making decisions based on what is the most advantageous for the individual or group of people.
Time: a unit of measurement such as years, decades or centuries that help historians chronologically place history into eras and can use markers such as AD & BC or BCE & CE.
Total War: Policy of using all of a nation's resources including control of the economy to win a war.
Checks & Balances: Political system where the branches of government can check the power of one another making the branches equal.
Communism: A way of organizing society in which the government owns the means of production and there is no private property.
Complexity: The state or quality of being intricate or complicated.
Democratization: The transition to a government that includes more of the people.
Domestic & Foreign Policy: Policy issues characterized by whether they are inside or outside of a nation.
Empire: An extensive group of states or countries controlled by a supreme, central authority.
Fascism: Political philosophy that exalts nation and often race above the individual and is led by an authoritarian government.
Nation-State: Nation: Homogeneous group of people (of the same nationality) State: Political organization that has sovereignty (makes their own decisions with no higher authority to answer to).
Republic: A state where power is held by the people. Representatives are elected by the people and held accountable through elections. A president is also elected as opposed to a hereditary monarch.
Socialism: A way of organizing society where the government owns part of the means of production and directs the economy.
Budget: An estimation of revenues and expenses over a specified period of time.
Surplus: When revenues exceed expenses over s specified period of time.
Deficit: When expenses exceed revenues over a specified period of time.
Depression: A long term, severe, economic downturn.
Recession: Significant decline in economic activity lasting for several months
Recovery: Follows a Recession, economy economic activity returns to levels prior to Recession
Inflation: A general increase in prices and decrease in the purchasing power of money.
Deflation: A general decrease in prices caused by a decrease in the supply of money.
Supply & Demand: Supply- Quantity of a resource available, Demand- How great the need for the resource= Value.
Urban/Rural: Urban: Referring to a town or city, Rural: Outside a town or city “In the country”
Value: The importance, worth or usefulness of something.
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