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Global History Basics

Subjects : literacy, history
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1. Important symbol of Buddhism. It represents the endless cycle of life through reincarnation.






2. The belief in one god or goddess.






3. (1723-1790) British philosopher - writer - and economist. His book - The Wealth of Nations - describes his theory on free trade - otherwise known as laissez-faire economics.






4. The ritual suicide of a wife after her husband's death in Hindu/Indian culture.






5. A person that is a member of a legislative body called a Senate.






6. (346? CE - 395 CE) Emperor of the Roman Empire Who is responsible for making the Christian religion the official religion of the empire.






7. Spanish conquerors who came to the New World in search of gold and other riches.






8. North American Free Trade Agreement - an economic treaty between Canada - the United States - and Mexico to lower tariffs and create a free trade environment. NAFTA was ratified by its member nations in 1994.






9. (495? BCE-429? BCE) Athenian statesman. He was the central ruler of Athens during its golden age. He was the central patron behind many of their achievements. He was also a very skilled speaker. Athens City-State of Ancient Greece and center of Greek






10. A trade union among other German states formed by Prussia in the 1930s.






11. (1813-98) Inventor who developed a more cost efficient process for making steel.






12. Treating a person - or a group of people unfairly or cruelly due to ethnic background - gender - or other difference.






13. (1167?-1227) One of the Mongol's greatest leaders and founder of the Mongol Empire.






14. A dam across the Yangtze River in China scheduled to be completed in 2009.






15. The collection of Jewish writings that is the basis of Jewish religious law.






16. The cultural mixing of both ancient Greek and Roman traditions.






17. (1867-1912) American inventor. He is best know for his work with his brother Orville in the development of the airplane.






18. An area of land surrounded on three sides by water. Italy - Greece - and the southern part of India are all peninsulas.






19. Floating islands of land anchored to a lake bottom used for agriculture. This technique was used by the Aztecs.






20. A canal linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It was a vital trade route in the British Empire during imperialism - and continues to link North Africa and Europe to Asia today.






21. (1886-1973) First Prime Minister of Israel.






22. (1371-1433?) Chinese naval explorer who sailed along most of the coast of Asia - Japan - and half way down the east coast of Africa before his death.






23. Non shooting conflict between the Soviet Union and their allies and the United States and their allies. Numerous secondary conflicts arise due to the Cold War.






24. A valley that is carved out by the river. Often have fertile land - and are the sites for the earliest civilizations.






25. Muslims who believe the Quran to be a literal guide to political - social - and religious life.






26. The Islamic book of laws which regulates all aspects of life including - moral behavior - family life - business dealings - and government.






27. Theory of the universe that states the earth is the center - and that the sun revolves around it.






28. A Mesoamerican civilization that flourished around 1200 C.E.. Achievements include irrigation - a simple calendar and writing system - and small cities.






29. The removal of people of a specific ethnic group by means of genocide - terror - or forced expulsion.






30. Political revolution in the British North American Colonies starting in 1776 that removed the colonies from Great Britain's control - and established an independent nation know as the United States of America.






31. (310?-250? BCE) Greek scientist who first stated that the Earth revolved around the Sun - and rotated on its axis.






32. Economic portion of feudalism where all aspects of life were centered on the lord's manor including peasant villages - a church - farm land - a mill - and the lord's castle or manor house.






33. A hard - fine ceramic material used to make a variety of products.






34. The word Islam - which when translated from Arabic - means 'to submit to the will of Allah -' is the youngest of the world's major religions. Worshippers of this monotheistic religion are known as Muslims - Which means 'one who submits to the will of






35. (495? BCE-429? BCE) Athenian statesman. He was the central ruler of Athens during its golden age. He was the central patron behind many of their achievements. He was also a very skilled speaker. Athens City-State of Ancient Greece and center of Greek






36. Taiwan - Singapore - Hong Kong - and South Korea. These nations have experienced rapid economic growth and prosperity due to industrialization - and were aligned both politically - and economically with the West throughout the Cold War






37. (1491-1547) King of England who transformed his country into a Protestant nation during the Reformation.






38. A political revolution in China led by Mao Zedong. After several years of fighting the Kuomintang - the communists won control of the country in 1949.






39. (1451-1506) Italian explorer working for Spain who - in 1492 - crossed the Atlantic Ocean and discovered the Americas for Spain.






40. (1904-1905) War between Russia and Japan over imperial possessions. Japan emerges victorious.






41. A Buddhist shrine or temple in India. This form of architecture made its way to China where it was altered slightly and renamed the pagoda.






42. (1787?-1828) During Shaka's rule - the Zulu broadened their land claims throughout southern Africa. Eventually - the Zulu came into the conflict with the British army as they expanded their control over southern Africa and invaded the homeland of the






43. The bringing in of goods from another country for sale or trade.






44. To exclude a Christian from receiving the Sacraments.






45. Document creating the United States government. Based on Enlightenment ideas. Ratified in 1788.






46. The branch of science that studies the physical structure of living organisms.






47. Effort in God's service waged by Muslims in defense of the Islamic faith.






48. The acting of overthrowing a government in favor of another - usually through violent means.






49. (245-313) Emperor of Rome Who was responsible for dividing Rome into different provinces and districts. Eventually - the eastern portions of the Empire became known as the Byzantine Empire.






50. (330-1453) The eastern half of the Roman Empire - which survived after the fall of the Western Empire at the end of the 5th century C.E. Its capital was Constantinople - named after the Emperor Constantine.