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World History

World History Enlightenment vocab quiz

TermDefinition
enlightenment period of time known as the Age of Reason when people tried to apply the laws of nature to human society
natural laws laws that govern human nature
social contract agreement by which give up the state of nature, or freedom, for an organized society or strict government
natural rights right to life, liberty, and property given to people at birth
physiocrats enlightenment thinkers who focused on economic reforms
Laissez Faire policy of allowing business to operate with little or no government interference
salons informal social gatherings
old order the European old society based on divine right and strict class system
enlightened despots absolute monarchs who used their power to bring about social and political change
constitutional government a government whose power is defined and limited by law
political parties separate political groups within a single government who pool their votes together to advance their common interests
tories conservative political party in England who preserved older traditions
whigs political party in England which backed more liberal reforms
cabinet system small group of leaders of a majority party who met separately to set policy
Prime Minister the leader of the Majority Party in the Parliament of England who also serves as the chief official of the British government
Common Sense pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that called on American colonies to declare independence from Britain
Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense pamphlet
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