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AP World History

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1. Date: American Revolution/Smith writes Wealth of Nations (Hint: 1__6)






2. Russian prison camp for political prisoners






3. An Indian prince named Siddhartha Gautama - who renounced his wealth and social position. After becoming 'enlightened' (the meaning of this word) he enunciated the principles of Buddhism.






4. The last of pre-Islamic Persian Empire - from 224 to 651 CE. One of the two main powers in Western Asia and Europe alongside the Roman Empire and later the Byzantine Empire for a period of more than 400 years






5. An organization promoting economic unity in Europe formed in 1967 by consolidation of earlier - more limited - agreements. Replaced by the European Union (EU) in 1993.






6. Date: Travels of Ibn Battuta begin(Hint: __25 CE)






7. A portable dwelling used by the nomadic people of Centa Asia - consisting of a tentlike structure of skin - felt or hand-woven textiles arranged over wooden poles.






8. Traditional records of the deeds of Muhammad - and his quotations






9. The plant that produces fibers from which many textiles are woven. Native to India - it spread throughout Asia and then to the New World. It has been a major cash crop in various places - including early Islamic Iran - Yi Korea - Egypt - and the US






10. The common name for a major outbreak of plague that spread across Asia - North Africa - and Europe in the mid-fourteenth century - carrying off vast numbers of persons.






11. Eighteenth-century English intellectual who warned that population growth threatened future generations because - in his view - population growth would always outstrip increases in agricultural production.






12. Honorific name of Octavian - founder of the Roman Principate - the military dictatorship that replaced the failing rule of the Roman Senate. He established his rule after the death of Julius Caesar and he is considered the first Roman Emperor.






13. A rotational system for agriculture in which one field grows grain - one grows legumes - and one lies fallow. It gradually replaced two-field system in medieval Europe.






14. The belief that the government shouldn't intervene much and should instead let the people do






15. Extensive Mesoamerican culture that made great advances in astronomy in areas such as their famous calendar






16. A popular English playwright and poet in the 16th century.






17. Roman emperor who adopted Christianity for the Roman Empire and who founded Constantinople as a second capital






18. Belief in a single divine entity. The Israelite worship of Yahweh developed into an exclusive belief in one god - and this concept passed into Christianity and Islam.






19. A business - often backed by a government charter - that sold shares to individuals to raise money for its trading enterprises and to spread the risks (and profits) among many investors.






20. Date: Beginning of Trans-Saharan Trade Routes(Hint: ___ century CE)






21. A machine that turns the energy released by burning fuel into motion. Thomas Newcomen built the first crude but workable one in 1712. James Watt vastly improved his device in the 1760s and 1770s. It was then applied to machinery.






22. A political theory of ancient China in which those in power were given the right to rule from a divine source






23. Shi'ite philosopher and cleric who led the overthrow of the shah of Iran in 1979 and created an Islamic Republic of Iran.






24. Policy that aims to secure peace by preventing dominance of any particular state or group of states






25. The transformation of the economy - the environment - and living conditions - occurring first in England in the eighteenth century - that resulted from the use of steam engines - the mechanization of manufacturing in factories - transit - and communi






26. Between 334 and 323 B.C.E. he conquered the Persian Empire - reached the Indus Valley - founded many Greek-style cities - and spread Greek culture across the Middle East.






27. Domination of one culture over another by a deliberate policy or by economic or technological superiority.






28. A major African language family. Collective name of a large group of sub-Saharan African languages and of the peoples speaking these languages. Famous for migrations throughout central and southern Africa.






29. Date: End of Pax Romana(Hint: _80 CE)






30. A specialized agency of the United Nations that makes loans to countries for economic development - trade promotion - and debt consolidation. Its formal name is the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.






31. Elected assembly in colonial Virginia - created in 1618.






32. The world's first civilization - founded in Mesopotamia - which existed for over 3 -000 years.






33. Loose federation of mostly German states and principalities - headed by an emperor who had little control over the hundreds of princes who elected him. It lasted from 962 to 1806.






34. Date: German blitzkrieg in Poland starting WWII in Europe.






35. The 1 -100-mile (1 -700-kilometer) waterway linking the Yellow and the Yangzi Rivers. It was begun in the Han period and completed during the Sui Empire.






36. Goal of international efforts to prevent countries other than the five declared nuclear powers (United States - Russia - Britain - France - and China) from obtaining nuclear weapons. The first Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed in 1968.






37. The northeastern sector of Asia or the Eastern half of Russia.






38. The first king of the Babylonian Empire. Best known for his legal code.






39. The English monarch who was beheaded by Puritans (see English Civil War) who then established their own short-lived government ruled by Oliver Cromwell (Mid 1600s).






40. Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death






41. Precursor the United Nations created after World War I.






42. Treaty that concluded the Opium War. It awarded Britain a large indemnity from the Qing Empire - denied the Qing government tariff control over some of its own borders - opened additional ports of residence to Britons - and ceded Hong Kong to Britain






43. Archduke of Austria-Hungary assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. A major catalyst for WWI.






44. Soviet blocking of Berlin from allies; Causing the Berlin Airlift






45. A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia - constructed of square or rectangular terraces of diminishing size - usually with a shrine made of blue enamel bricks on the top






46. Large Muslim state founded in 1809 in what is now northern Nigeria.






47. Date: Many European Revolutions / Marx and Engles write Communist Manifesto (Hint: 1__8)






48. The class of religious experts who conducted rituals and preserved sacred lore among some ancient Celtic peoples. They provided education - mediated disputes between kinship groups - and were suppressed by the Romans as potential resistance.






49. Group of English Protestant dissenters who established Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620 to seek religious freedom after having lived briefly in the Netherlands.






50. Site in Beijing where Chinese students and workers gathered to demand greater political openness in 1989. The demonstration was crushed by Chinese military with many deaths.