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Birthrate

Number of live births each year per 1,000 people.

Culture Hearth

Area where cultural ideas begin and from which they spread.

Sovereignty

A country's freedom from outside control.

Diffusion

Process by which cultural traits move from one culture to another.

Population Density

Average number of people in a square mile or a square kilometer.

Monarchy

Authoritarian government in which people inherit their positions.

Emigrant

Person who leaves a country to live elsewhere.

Confederation

Type of government in which local governments retain most power/sovereignty and give central government limited power.

Cultural Divergence

The restriction of a culture from outside influences.

Federation

a government structure in which some powers are given to the national government and other powers are reserved for more local governments

urbanization

movement of people from rural areas to cities, social process where culture is city oriented

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