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GEOG 1101 Ch. 9

key terms

Centripetal forces forces that divide or tend to pull the state apart.
Citizenship is a category of belonging to a nation-state that includes civil, political and social rights.
Decolonization the acquisition, by colonized peoples, of control over their own territory.
Democratic rule a system in which public policies and officials are directly chosen by popular vote.
Domino Theory if one country in a region chose or was forced to accept a communist political and economic system, then neighboring countries would be irresistibly susceptible to falling to communism.
Geopolitics the state’s power to control space or territory and shape the foreign policy of individual states and international political relations.
Human rights people’s individual rights to justice, freedom, and equality, considered by most societies to belong automatically to all people.
International Organization group that includes two or more states seeking political and/or economic cooperation with each other.
Nation a group of people often sharing common elements of culture, such as religion or language or a history or political identity.
Nation-State an ideal form consisting of a homogeneous group of people governed by their own state.
Nationalism the feeling of belonging to a nation as well as the belief that a nation has a natural right to determine its own affairs.
North/South divide the differentiation made between the colonizing states of the Northern Hemisphere and the formerly colonized states of the Southern Hemisphere.
Self-determination the right of a group with a distinctive politico-territorial identity to determine its own destiny, at least in part, through the control of its own territory.
Sovereignty the exercise of state power over people and territory, recognized by other states and codified by international law.
Supranational Organization the collections of individual states with a common goal that may be economic and/or political in nature; such organizations diminish, to some extent individual state sovereignty in favor of the group interests of the membership.
Territory the delimited area over which a state exercises control and which is recognized by other states.
Terrorism the threat or use of force to bring about political change.
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