Vocabulary-The West Between the Wars

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Mr.Searcy's class vocabulary

totalitarian state

form og government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life

Kristallnacht

attack on Jewish businesses, homes, and synagogues

general strike

protest in which all or almost all of nation's workers walk off their jobs

reparations

compensation required from a defeated nation as indemnity for damage during a war

fascism

political philosophy that advocates an aggressive form of nationalism, single-party system with a strong ruler, glorification of the state

purge

to remove

kulak

wealthy Russian peasant

coalition

alliance of several different political factions

documentary

film presenting facts without inserting frictional matter

uncertainty principle

theory based on the unpredictability of physical matter

dictatorship

government where one person or group has absolute power

deficit spending

spending of public funds obtained by borrowing rather than by taxation

collectivization

system in which the government owns the land and uses the peasants to farm it

photomontage

technique of making a picture by assembling pieces of photographs

collective bargaining

negotiation between unions and employers to determine wages and working conditions

depression

long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices

surrealism

dreamlike images and unnatural combinations of objects

concentration camp

where Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government sent Jews, political opponents, and other groups they found to the threatening

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