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Modern World vocab

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Natural Laws
laws that govern human nature
Social Contract
an agreement by which they gave up the state of nature for an organized society
Natural Rights
right that belonged to all humans at birth. Right to life, liberty, and property
Physiocrats
other thinkers that focused on comic reforms
Laissez Faire
allowing business to operate with little or no government interference
Censorship
restricting access to ideas and information
Salons
informal social gatherings at which writers, artists, philosophes, and others exchanged ideas
Enlightened Despots
absolute rulers who used their power to bring about political and social change
Boroque
painting style which was huge, colorful, and full of excitement. Glorified historical battles or the lives of saints
Rococo
style which was prsonal, elegant, and charming. Shows reality
Constitutional Government
a government whose power is defined and limited by law
Cabinet
group of leaders of the majority party in the House of Commons (also called Parliamentary system)
Prime Minister
head of the cabinet, leader of the majority party in Parliament, and in time the cheif official of the British government
Oligarchy
a government in which the ruling power belongs to a few people