World Studies II Ch. 16 Vocabulary

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federalism

delegating specified powers to the national government and reserving all other powers for the state governments

popular sovereignty

government based upon the consent of the governed

Old Regime

political and social order in France before the French Revolution

corvee

French system of forced labor

cahiers

lists of grievances

assignats

French Revolutionary paper money backed by Roman Catholic land that was confiscated

sans-culottes

"without breeches"; Paris workers who supported the Revolution

coalition

a temporary alliance of nations

coup d etat

a sudden and illegal seizure of power by force

Continental System

attempt by Napoleon to blockade British trade by closing Europe's ports to British ships

guerrillas

"little wars"; small bands of troops that attack a superior force

scorched-earth policy

burning everything that might be of value to the enemy

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