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Unit 4

West Africa, China, and the Middle Ages

TermDefinition
Movable Type Blocks of metal or wood, each bearing a single character, that can be arranged to make up a page for printing.
Pastoralist A member of a nomadic group that herds domesticated animals.
Pax Mongolica the "Mongol Peace" - period from the mid-1200's to the mid-1300's when the Mongols imposed stability and law and order across much of Eurasia.
Feudalism A political system in which nobles are granted the use of lands that legally belong to their king, in exchange for their loyalty, military service, and protection of the people who live on the land.
Lord A person that controlled land and could grant estates to vassals.
Vassal A person who received a grant of land from a lord in exchange for a pledge of loyalty and services.
Knight An armored warrior who fought on horseback.
Serf A medieval peasant legally bound to live on a lord's estate.
Manor A lord's estate in feudal Europe.
Chivalry A code of behavior for knights stressing ideals such as courage, loyalty, and devotion.
Bubonic Plague A deadly disease that spread across Asia and Europe in the mid-14th century, killing millions of people.
Created by: Mrs. Krieger