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WH- Unit 1 Review

Development of the River Civilizations

TermDefinition
Culture a people's unique way of life
Neolithic Revolution change in human life caused by farming, people shift from food gathering to food producing
Domestication the taming of animals for human use
Civilization a form of culter characterized by cities, specialized workers, complex institutions, record keeping and advanced technolgy
Specialization the development of skills in a particular kind of work such as trading or record keeping
Institution a long lasting pattern of organization in a community
Cuneiform a system of writing with wedge shaped symbols invented by the sumerians
Mesopotamia an open plain in the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers whose waters allowed for the formation of farming settlements
City-State a city and its surrounding lands functioning as an independent political unit
Dynasty a series of rulers from a single family
Cultural Diffusion the spreading of ideas or prodcuts from culture to another
Polytheism the belief in many gods
Empire a political unit in which a number of peoples or countries are controlled by a single ruler
Hammurabi's Code developed by the Babylonians it was the earliest known written law code. It promoted justice, but often treated social classes differently
Theocracy a government in which the ruler is viewed as a divine ruler or a government controlled by religious leaders
Hieroglyphics ancient Engyptian writing system in which pictures were used to represent ideas and sound
Subcontinent a large landmass that forms a distinct part of a continent
Harappan civilization arose along the Indus River and characterized by sophisticated city planning
Mandate of Heaven used in ancient China to give divine approval thought to be the basis of royal authority
Dynastic Cycle the rise, decline, and replacment of dynasties
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