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Global History Vocabulary Chapter 1

Geography The study of people, their environment, and the resources that are available to them.
Prehistory The period of time before writing systems was invented.
Culture Way of life of a society that is handed down from one generation to the next by learning an experience.
Artifact Objects made by human beings.
Technology The skills and tools that people use to meet their basic needs.
Historian A person who studies how people live in the past.
Nomad A person who moves from place to place in search of food.
Animism The belief that spirits and forces, may live in animals, objects, or dreams.
Domesticate To tame animals and crops for the purpose of cultivation.
Civilization Complex highly organized social order
Polytheistic Believing in many gods
Monotheistic Believing in one God
Artisan A skilled craft worker
Pictogram A drawing used to represent a word
Anthropology The study of the origins and development of people and their societies
Animism Belief that spirits and forces may live in animals objects or dreams
Surplus Extra or excess
Scribe In ancient civilizations a specially trained person who knew how to read write and keep records.
Cultural Diffusion Spread by migration, trade and warfar. The spread of ideas customs and technologies from one people to another.
City-State Political unit made up of a city and surrounding lands.
Archeology The study of past people and cultures. A branch of Anthropology.
Empire A group of states or territories, controlled by one ruler.
Steppes Less fertile lands or dry grasslands used by nomads to herd their cattle.
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