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15 Hardest Words


District in Spanish-speaking country


The dramatic increase in hispanic population in a given neighborhood

Dowry death

Women in India driven to death by harrasment of families making them marry

Conference of Berlin

meeting of 14 mostrly european countries on how to divided up Africa amongst themselves disregarding African input or ethnic groups

Domino Theory

the political theory that if one nation comes under Communist control then neighboring nations will also come under Communist control

Forward Capital

capital city positioned in actually or potentially contested territory usually near an international border, it confirms the states determination to maintain its presence in the region in contention.

Mackinder, Halford J.

One of the founding fathers of Geopolitics

primate city

The largest settlement in a country, if it has more than twice as many people as the second-ranking settlement.


an Arctic territory in northern Canada created in 1999 and governed solely by the Inuit

raison D'etre

reason or justification for existing

Friedrich Ratzel

German who originated geopolitical theory. Pioneered environmental determinism. Stated that there are 7 laws of state growth.

"third wave" of democratization

Book by Samuel P. Huntington about significance of democratization

Three pillars

form structure of European union

Nicholas Spykman

first to propose rimland theory

Territorial morphology

A state's geographical shape, which can affect its spatial cohension and political viability.

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