McDougal Littell World History Chapter 2 Vocab

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Fertile Crescent

a fertile region in southwestern Asia that includes the region of Mesopotamia


land between rivers


a city with political and economic control over the surrounding countryside


a series of rulers from the same family

cultural diffusion

the spreading, mixing, and changing of cultures


belief in multiple Gods


a group of states or territories controlled by one ruler


Babylonian king who codified the laws of Sumer and Mesopotamia (died 1750 BC)


a marshy region formed by deposits of silt at the mouth of a river


a king who is thought to have unified Egypt


a king of ancient Egypt, considered a god as well as a political and military leader


government by divine power or priests


huge stone structure built by the ancient Egyptians to serve as a tomb


the preservation of the dead


a system of writing using symbols or pictures


ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant


a large landmass that forms a distinct part of a continent


seasonal winds

Harappan civilization

An ancient civilization that developed along the Indus River.


a fertile deposit of windblown soil

oracle bone

bone used by priests in Shang China to predict the future

Mandate of Heaven

divine right to rule

dynastic cycle

describes the pattern of the rise, decline, and replacement of dynasties


system in which poor people are legally bound to work for wealthy landowners

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