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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson A: Birth of the Imperial World

Key Terms

Key Term Definition
assimilate to absorb a minority ethnic group into the culture of a larger population
balance of power when the relative strength of countries is essentially equal so that no single country is able to dominate other countries
diplomacy the art and practice of conducting negotiations between countries
imperialism acquiring colonies or extending influence of a strong country to gain wealth and power
nationalism the belief that people who share a common history and culture should be loyal to their country
natural resources renewable and nonrenewable gifts of nature that can be used to produce goods and services, including but not limited to land, water, animals, minerals, trees, climate, soil, fire, seeds, grain, and fruits
settler colony a place where people move to stay permanently


Directions: Practice using these terms.


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