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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson E: Rise of Early Europe

Key Terms

Key Term Definition
centralized rule a form of government where power is united under a one authority
city-state self-governing state composed of independent city and adjacent territory controlled by it
Classical Period in Greece and Rome, the time period roughly between 1000 BCE and the fall of Rome around 500 CE
Crusades wars undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries over the Holy Land
dynastic describing a series of rulers from the same family
feudalism a system for organizing and governing society based on land and service (obligation); found in Europe and Japan
globalization the process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a global network of political ideas through communication, transportation, and trade
manorial system social, economic, and political system in Europe after the fall of the Roman empire
republic a government in which citizens have the right to choose their own leaders


Directions: Practice using these key terms.


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