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Vocabulary List #4

Europe History Rise of Communism

Russian Revolution In 1917, the Russian Empire collapsed and was eventually replaced with a communist state.
Czar Nicholas II last czar of Russia. His poor handling of Bloody Sunday and Russia’s role in World War I led to his abdication and execution.
Communism An economic and political system in which the state, run by a Communist Party, takes over industry and farmland and controls most organizations.
Capitalism an economic system in which people and companies make most economic decisions and own most of the property. Government plays a secondary role.
Vladimir Lenin A Russian communist revolutionary who orchestrated the move from Russia’s autocracy to the Soviet Union’s one-party communist state. He led Soviet Russian and Soviet Union from 1917-1924.
Joseph Stalin became the Communist dictator of the Soviet Union after the death of Lenin. He ruled with terror until his death in 1953.
Propaganda ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread to help a cause, a political leader, or a government.
Soviet Union Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), former Communist country in Eastern Europe and northern Asia which was established in 1922. The USSR included 15 other republics such as Russia, Ukraine, and East Germany.
Superpowers a powerful influential nation with a bloc of allies; specifically the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They were perceived as the two most powerful nations in the world.
Cold War a long period of hostility between Communist the Soviet Union and the democratic West (USA).
Iron Curtain the boundary dividing the Eastern Bloc countries (Communist) and Western Bloc (Democratic) countries during the Cold War.
Berlin Wall A wall built by the East German government in 1961 to divide East and West Berlin; this wall came to symbolize Cold War divisions.
German Reunification the process in 1990 in which the divided Communist East Germany and Democratic West Germany reunited to form the democratic nation of Germany as a result of the end of the Cold War. Berlin also reunited into a single city.
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