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Unit 3 Vocabulary

European History

TermDefinition
Reunification To be reunited with another
Mikhail Gorbachev Soviet statesman whose policies brought an end to the Cold War
Berlin Wall a guarded concrete wall, 28 miles (45 km), with minefields and controlled checkpoints, erected across Berlin by East Germany in 1961 and dismantled in 1989.
Communism the theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common; based on the theory of Karl Marx
Catholicism A religion relating to the Christian church as a whole
Nationalism taking great pride in one’s own nation; asserting the interest of one’s own nation
Alliance An agreement between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals
Cold War A struggle over political differences between two countries carried on by methods short of war and usually without breaking diplomatic relations
Joseph Stalin Russian leader who succeeded Lenin as the leader of the communist party
Winston Churchill British statesman and leader during WWII
Franklin Roosevelt The 32nd President who was elected four times during the Great Depression and WWII
Holocaust The killing of European civilians especially of Jews by the Nazis during WWII
WWI The first war involving most of the world’s chief nations
WWII The second war involving all or most of the world’s chief nations
Great Depression The economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930’s
Treaty An agreement or arrangement made by negotiation
Russian Revolution A Russian Civil War lasting from 1917 – 1922
Superpower A major country in the world that has vast political power; after WWII the US and the USSR emerged as this type of country
Adolf Hitler The leader of the Nazis Party during WWII
Berlin Airlift Airlift in 1948 that supplied Western Berlin with food and fuel since the USSR had blocked the US from aiding the Germans
Propaganda Information, usually misleading or biased to promote a particular political ideology
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