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1. Persian capital from the 16th to 18th centuries found in central Iran

2. The earliest known form of writing - which was used by the Sumerians. The name derives from the wedge shaped marks made with a stylus into soft clay. Used from the 3000s BCE to the 100s BCE.

3. First emperor of the Han dynasty under which a new social and political hierarchy emerged. Scholars were on top - followed by farmers - artisans - and merchants. He chose his ministers from educated men with Confucian principals.

4. Democratic and nationalist revolutions that swept across Europe during a time after the Congress of Vienna when conservative monarchs were trying to maintain their power. The monarchy in France was overthrown. In Germany - Austria - Italy - and Hunga

5. A system in which - from the time of the Han Empire - countries in East and Southeast Asia not under the direct control of empires based in China nevertheless enrolled as tributary states - acknowledging the superiority of the emperors in China.

6. A worldwide Jewish movement starting in the 1800s that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel in 1948.

7. A powerful city-state in central Mexico (100-75 C.E.). Its population was about 150 -000 at its peak in 600.

8. Date: genocide in Rwanda/1st all race elections in S. Africa (Hint: 1__4)

9. Leader of the Soviet Union directly after the Russian Revolution.

10. The formula - brought to China in the 400s or 500s - was first used to make fumigators to keep away insect pests and evil spirits. In later centuries it was used to make explosives and grenades and to propel cannonballs - shot - and bullets.

11. A Roman bribery method of coping with class difference. Entertainment and food was offered to keep plebeians quiet without actually solving unemployment problems.

12. Date: Norman Conquest of England(Hint: __66 CE)

13. Also known as Mexica - they created a powerful empire in central Mexico (1325-1521 C.E.). They forced defeated peoples to provide goods and labor as a tax.

14. The fulfillment of social and religious duties in Hinduism

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

16. Ship canal cut across the isthmus of Panama by United States - it opened in 1915.

17. Ruled the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953. Ruled with an iron fist - using Five-Year Plans to increase industrial production and terror to crush opposition.

18. The movement to make slavery and the slave trade illegal. Begun by Quakers in England in the 1780s.

19. The process by which different ethnic groups lose their distinctive cultural identity through contact with the dominant culture of a society - and gradually become absorbed and integrated into it.

20. Conflict between Athens and Sparta

21. Revolutionary Leader in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.

22. In China - a political philosophy that emphasized the unruliness of human nature and justified state coercion and control. The Qin ruling class invoked it to validate the authoritarian nature of their regime.

23. The exchange of plants - animals - diseases - and technologies between the Americas and the rest of the world following Columbus's voyages.

24. Head of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. His liberalization effort improved relations with the West - but he lost power after his reforms led to the collapse of Communist governments in Eastern Europe.

25. Last ruling Inca emperor of Peru. He was executed by the Spanish. (p. 438)

26. The unsuccessful attempt by the British Empire to establish diplomatic relations with the Qing Empire in 1793.

27. A popular philosophical movement of the 1700s that focused on human reasoning - natural science - political and ethical philosophy.

28. The founder of Persia's classical pre-Islamic religion.

29. Influential book Written by Adolf Hitler describing his life and ideology.

30. 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.

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

32. Indian religion founded by the guru Nanak (1469-1539) in the Punjab region of northwest India. After the Mughal emperor ordered the beheading of the ninth guru in 1675 - warriors from this group mounted armed resistance to Mughal rule.

33. Son of Cyrus II; extended the Persian Empire into Egypt

34. Young provincial lawyer who led the most radical phases of the French Revolution. His execution ended the Reign of Terror. See Jacobins.

35. The most illustrious sultan of the Ottoman Empire (r. 1520-1566); also known as 'The Lawgiver.' He significantly expanded the empire in the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean.

36. Chinese religious and political ideology developed by the Zhou - was the prerogative of Heaven - the chief deity - to grant power to the ruler of China.

37. Third ruler of the Mauryan Empire in India (r. 270-232 B.C.E.). He converted to Buddhism and broadcast his precepts on inscribed stones and pillars - the earliest surviving Indian writing.

38. The policy in international relations by which - beginning in the eighteenth century - the major European states acted together to prevent any one of them from becoming too powerful.

39. Roman emperor (r. 312-337). After reuniting the Roman Empire - he moved the capital to Constantinople and made Christianity a tolerated/favored religion.

40. 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.

41. A trading company chartered by the English government in 1672 to conduct its merchants' trade on the Atlantic coast of Africa. (p. 507)

42. Economic system with private/ corporate ownership/ competitive market

43. 'Way of the Kami'; Japanese worship of nature spirits

44. Brink-of-war confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the latter's placement of nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba.

45. 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.

46. Incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu made famous in the Ramayana

47. Date: Rise of Islam(Hint: __2 CE)

48. Date: Emancipation Proclamation in US (Hint: 1__3)

49. System of government in which all 'citizens' (however defined) have equal political and legal rights - privileges - and protections - as in the Greek city-state of Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. Demographic Transition -A change in th

50. Continuing the imperial revival started by the Sui Dynasty this dynasty that followed restored the Chinese imperial impulse four centuries after the decline of the Han - extending control along the silk route. Trade flourished and China finally reach