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Russia China & The b

birth of communisim

Boyar Boyar: landowning nobles in Russia
Westernization Westernization: using western Europe as a model for change
Absolute monarch Absolute monarch: kings or queens who held all of the power within their states’ boundaries.
Provisional Government Provisional Government: temporary government
Proletariat Proletariat: in Marxist theory, the group of workers who would overthrow the czar and come to rule Russia
Soviets Soviets: one of the local representative councils formed in Russia after the downfall of Czar Nicholas II
Bolsheviks Bolsheviks: a group of revolutionary Russian Marxists who took control of Russia’s government in November 1917
Totalitarianism Totalitarianism: government control over every aspect of public and private life
Scientific method Scientific method: logical procedure for gathering and testing ideas.
Command economy Command economy: an economic system in which the government makes all economic decisions
Great Purge Great Purge: a campaign of terror in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, in which Stalin sought to eliminate all Communist Party members and other citizens who threatened his power.
Commune Commune: in Communist China, a collective farm on which a great number of people work and live together
Collective Farms Collective Farms: a large government-controlled farm formed by combining many small farms
May Fourth Movement May Fourth Movement: a national protest in China in 1919, in which people demonstrated against the Treaty of Versailles and foreign interference.
Red Guards Red Guards: militia units formed by young Chinese people in 1966 in response to Mao Zedong’s call for a social and cultural revolution