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Seven Sacraments
Baptism; Confession/Reconciliation; Holy Communion; Confirmation; Matrimony; Holy Orders; Extreme Unction
Hierarchy of Afterlife
Heaven; Purgatory; Hell
Hierarchy of the Church
Laity; Monks and Nuns; Priest (Parish); Bishops (Diocese); Archbishops; Cardinals; Pope
a supernatural gift from god to angels and humans
Middle Ages Prelude to Disaster
Northern European Great Famine of 1315-1322; drought/storms; high food prices; economic fiascos; epidemics; abandoned homes; countryside suffers; Jews, rich, and speculators blamed
Black Death
transmitted by fleas to rats and spread from sailor to sailor; came to Italy in 1347; by end of 1348 all of Europe affected; overcrowding and little sanitation helped spread; Jews blamed; most countries lost 1/4 of their population
Pathology and Care of Black Plague
priest, munks, nuns cared for and buried dead (so high death rates of these people); economy revived because no overpopulation anymore; more pessimism; no more funerals; increased education
whipped and scourged themselves as penance for their and societies sins
Causes of The Hundred Years' War (1337-1453)
dispute between English King Edward III and French King Philip VI because Philip violated treaty and said he was vassal of the crown for the duchy of Aquitaine; Edward declared war; French civil war broke out; propaganda
Course of the Hundred Years' War
Battle of Crécy in 1346 where English butchered French; Edward III son's, Edward the Black Prince captured French king in Battle of Poitiers; English won Battle of Agincourt and reconquest of Normandy; French won because Joan of Arc convinced king to revive Orleans which stimulated French patriotism
Consequences of Hundred Years' War
France had vast population decline, destroyed farmland, terrible economy; English spent alot of money, lost knights in local gov, bad economy; caused formation of Parliament; "nationalism" grew
The Babylonian Captivity (1309-1376)
Philip the Fair of France pressured Pope Clement V to settle in Avignon; this caused instability in Papal States; in 1377 Pope Gregory XI went back to Rome; Pope Urban VI came next and too powerful so excommunicated; new Pope Clement VII elected and resides in Avignon; this caused Great Schism because people had to choose between the popes
Great Schism
religious faith weakened, rise of instability, church leadership disgraced, and led to Conciliar Movement
people who believed that reform of the church could best be achieved through periodic assemblies or general councils representing all the Christian people
Marsiglio of Padua
rector of University of Paris; published Defensor Pacis (The Defender of the Peace); excommunicated because said state had more power than church
Jeremy Bentham
(1748-1832) British theorist and philosopher who proposed utilitarianism, the principle that governments should operate on the basis of utility, or the greatest good for the greatest number.
Edmund Burke
1729-1797) Member of British Parliament and author of Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), which criticized the underlying principles of the French Revolution and argued conservative thought.
Politically active students around 1815 in the German states proposing unification and democratic principles.
Italian secret societies calling for a unified Italy and republicanism after 1815
Carlsbad Decrees
(1819) Repressive laws in the German states limiting freedom of speech and dissemination of liberal ideas in the universities.
Russian revolutionaries calling for constitutional reform in the early nineteenth century
Frederick William IV
(1840-1861)-King of Prussia who promised and later reneged on his promises for constitutional reforms in 1848
Francois Guizot
(1787-1874)-Chief minister under Louis Philippe. Guizot's repression led to the revolution of 1848
Holy Alliance
An alliance envisioned by Alexander I of Russia by which those in power were asked to rule in accord with Christian principles
Louie Napoleon Bonaparte
(1808-1873)-Nephew of Napoleon I; he came to power as president of the Second French Republic in 1848
Prince Clemens von Metternich
(1773-1859)-Austrian member of the nobility and chief architect of conservative policy at the Congress of Vienna
John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873)-British philosopher who published On Liberty (1859), advocating individual rights against government intrusion, and The Subjection of Women (1869), on the cause of women's rights
Poor Law of 1834
Legislation that restricted the number of poverty-stricken eligible for aid
Quadruple Alliance-
Organization, made up of Austria, Britain, Prussia, and Russia, to preserve the peace settlement of 1815; France joined in 1818
Rotten boroughs
Depopulated areas of England that nevertheless sent representatives to Parliament
Economic customs union of German states established in 1818 by Prussia and including almost all German-speaking states except Austria by 1844
Repeal of Test Act
(1828)-Allowed Protestants who were not members of the Church of England to hold public office
Catholic Emancipation Bill (1829)
Enabled Catholics to hold public office for the first time
Reform Bill of 1832
Gave vote to all men who paid ten pounds in rent a year; eliminated the rotten boroughs
Abolished in the British Empire, 1833
Factory Act
Limited children's and adolescents workweek in textile factories
Corn Laws
Repealed in 1846. They had imposed a tariff on imported grain and were a symbolic protection of aristicratic landholdings
Michael Bakunin
(1814-1876) Radical Russian, advocated revolutionary violence. He believed that revolutionary movements should be lead by secret societies who would seize power, destroy the state and create a new social order
Henry Bessemer
1813-1898) Englishman who developed the Bessemer converter, the first efficient method forthe mass production of steel
Louis Blanc
(1811-1882) Wrote the Organization of Work (1840) which proposed the use of competition to eliminate competition. It wasthe first step toward a future socialist society. Advocated the principle of "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs
Classical liberalism
Middle class (bourgeois) doctrine indebted to the writings of the philosophes, the French Revolution, and the popularization of the Scientific Revolution. Its politi8cal goals were self government (concept ofthe general will); a written constitution; natural rights (speech, religion, press, property, mobility); limited suffrage; its economic goals were laissez-faire (free trade -- no government interference inthe workings of the economy)
Dialectical materialism
The idea, according to Karl Marx, that change and development in history results from the conflict between social classes. Economic forces impel human beings to behave in socially determined ways
Domestic system
The manufacture of goods in the household setting, a productdon system that gave way to the factory system
Friedrich Engels
(1820-1895) Collaborator with Karl Marx. Engels was a textile factory owner and supplied Marx with the hard data for his economic writings, most notably Das Kapttal (l867)
Roger Fenton
Battlefield photographer of the Crimean War
J. G. Fichte
(1762-1814)-Gerrnan writer who believed that the German spirit was nobler and purer than that of other peoples
Charles Fourier
(1772-1837)-A leading utopian socialist who envisaged small communal societies in which men and women cooperated in agriculture and industry, abolishing private property and monogamous marriage as well
Hegelian dialectic
the idea, according to G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), a German philosopher, that social change results from the conflict of opposite ideas. The thesis is confronted by the antithesis, resuiting in a synthesis, which then becomes a new thesis. The process is evolutionary. Marx turned Hegel "upside down" and made class conflict, not ideas, the force driving history forward
J. G. Herder
(1774-1803)-Forerunner of the German Romantic movement who believed that each people shared a national character, or Volksgeist
Thomas Malthus
(1776-1834)-English parson whose Essay on Population (1798) argued that population would always increase faster than the food supply
Karl Marx
(1818-1883)-German philosopher and founder of Marxism, the theory that class conflict is the motor force driving historical change and development
Robert Owen
(1771-1858) Utopian socialists who improved health and safety conditions in mills, increased workers wages and reduced hours. Dreamed of establishing socialist communities the most noteable was New Harmony (1826) which failed
David Ricardo
(1772-1823)-English economist who formulated the "iron law of wages," according to which wages would always remain at the subsistence level for the workers because of population growth
William Russell
British journalist who reported the events of the Crimean War first hand for the people at home
Herbert Spencer
(1820-1903)-English philosopher who argued that in the difflcuit economic struggle for existence, only the "fittest" would survive
Flora Tristan
(1803-1844)-Soclalist and feminist who called for working women's social and political rights
Otto von Bismarck
(1815-1898)-Prussian chancellor who engineered a series of wars to unify Germany under his authoritarian rule
The upper house, or Federal Council, of the German Diet (legislature)
Count Cavour
(1810-1861)-Italian statesman from Sardinia who used diplomacy to help achieve unification of Italy
Francis Deak
(1803-1876) Magyar, who forced Franz Joseph to agree to the Compromise of 1867 (Ausgleich) which created the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary
Ems Telegram
The carefully edited dispatch by Bismarck to the French ambassador Benedetti that appeared to be insulting and thus requiring retaliation by France for the seeming affront to French honor
Giuseppe Garibaldi
(1807-1882)-Soldier of fortune who amassed his "Red Shirt" army to bring Naples and Sicily into a unified Italy
House of Savoy
The Italian dynasty ruling the independent state of Piedmont- Sardinia. Its head was King Victor Emmanuel II
Indemnity Bill
(1867-The bill passed by the German Reichstag that legitimated Bismarck's unconstitutional collection of taxes to modernize the army in 1863
Bismarck's anticlerical campaign to expel Jesuits from Germany and break off relations with Vatican. Eventually, after little success, Bismarck halted these policies
Ferdinand Lassalle
(1825-1864)-Leader of the revisionist socialists, who hoped to achieve socialism through the ballot rather than the bullet. They agreed to work within the framework of the existing government.
Giuseppe Mazzini
(1805-1872)-Idealistic patriot devoted to the principle of united and republican Italy in a world of free states
Napoleon III
(1852-1870)-The former Louis Napoleon, who became president of the Second Republic of France in 1848 and engineered a coup d'état, ultimately making himself head of the Second Empire
The shared belief among peoples of a common heritage, culture, and customs, and speaking a similar language (there may be dialect differences)
Daniel O'Connell
(1775-1847) Irish advocate for the of the Penal Laws against Catholics. Tried to have repealed the Act of Union of 1800, which linked Britain and Ireland legislatively. His election to Parliament for the passage of the1829 Catholic Emancipation Act which declared Catholics were eligible for Public Office
Parnell, Charles Stewart
(1846-1891) elected to Parliament in 1875 he came to prominence by obstructing other legislation to gain a hearing for home rule for Ireland. In 1885 Parnell's party won 86 seats, exactly the number of votes separating the Liberals (335) from the Conservatives (249). This forced Gladstone to announced his support for a HOME RULE BILL
The "politics of reality," i.e., the use of practical means to achieve ends. Bismarck was a practitioner
"Red Shirt"
Volunteers in Garibaldi's army
The lower house of the German Diet, or legislature
Italian drive and desire for unity
Siege of Paris
The four-month Prussian assault on the French capital after Napoleon III's surrender in 1870
Two duchies located south of Denmark. In 1863 Schleswig was annexed by Denmark prompting Bismarck's Danish War
Treaty of Frankfurt
The end of the Franco-Prussian War, which ceded the territories of Alsace and most of Lorraine to Germany
Young Italy
An association under the leadership of Mazzini that urged the unification of the country
Alexander II
(1855-1881)-Reforming czar who emancipated the serfs and introduced some measure of representative local government
Alexander III
(1881-1894-Politically reactionary czar who promoted economic modernization of Russia
Russian noble
Catherine the Great
(1762-1796)-An "enlightened despot" of Russia whose policies of reform were aborted under pressure of rebellion by serfs
Church Statute of 1721
A Holy Synod that replaced the office of patriarch. All of its members (lay and religious) had to swear allegiance to the czar
Crimean War
(1853-1856)-Conflict ostensibly waged to protect Orthodox Christians in the Ottoman Empire, in actuality to gain a foothold in the Black Sea. Turks, Britain, and France forced Russia to sue for peace. The Treaty of Paris (1856) forfeited Russia's right to maintain a war fleet in the Black Sea. Russia also lost the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia
Decembrist Revolt
The 1825 plot by liberals (upper-class intelligentsia) to set up a constitutional monarchy or a republic. The plot failed, but the ideals remained
Russian national legislature
Emancipation Edict
(1861-The imperial law that abolished serfdom in Russia and, on paper, freed the peasants. In actuality they were collectively responsible for redemption payments to the government for a number of years
Father Gapon
Leader of the factory workers who assembled before the czar's palace to petition him on January 1905 (Bloody Sunday)
Ivan the Great
(1462-1505 )The Slavic Grand Duke of Moscow, he ended nearly 200 years of Mongol domination of his dukedom. From then on he worked at extending his territories, subduing he nobles, and attaining absolute power
Ivan the Terrible
(1533-1584) earned his nickname for his great acts of cruelty directed toward all those with whom he disagreed. He became the first ruler to assume the title Czar of all Russia
An independent and propertied Russian farmer
Village commune where the emancipated serfs lived and worked collectively in order to meet redemption payments to the government
Nicholas II
(1894-1917)-The last czar of the Romanov dynasty, whose government collapsed under the pressure of World War 1
Sofia Perovskiai
The first woman to be executed for a political crime in Russia. She was a member of a militant movement that assassinated Czar Alexander II in 1881
(1726-1775)-Head of the bloody peasant revolt in 1773 that convinced Catherine the Great to throw her support to the nobles and cease internal reforms
Michael Romanov
(1613-16##) In 1613 an assembly of nobels chose Michael as the new czar. For the next 300 years the Romanov family ruled in Russia
Peter Stolypin
(1862-1911)-Russian minister under Nicholas II who encouraged the growth of private farmers and improved education for enterprising peasants
Sergei Witte
(1849-1915 )-Finance minister under whom Russia industrialized and began a program of economic modernization, founder of the Transiberian Railroad
A type of local government with powers to tax and make laws; essentially, a training ground for democracy, dominated by the property-owning class when established in 1864
Eduard Bernstein
(1850-1932)-Revisionist German Social Democrat who favored socialist revolution by the ballot rather than the bullet-i.e, by cooperating with the bourgeois members of Parliament and securing electoral victories for his party (the SDP)
"Cat and Mouse Act"
(1913)-Law that released suffragettes on hunger strikes from jail and then rearrested and jailed them again
Conservativc Party
Formerly the Tory Party, headed by Disraeli in the nineteenth century
Charles Darwin
(1809-1882)-British scientist whose Origin of Species (1859) proposed the theory of evolution based on his biological research
Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881)-Leader of the British Tory Party who engineered the Reform Bill of 1867, which extended the franchise to the working class. Added the Suez Canal to English overseas holdings
Alfred Dreyfus
(1859-1935)-French Jewish army captain unfairly convicted of espionage in a case that lasted from 1894 to 1906
Fabian Society
Group of English socialists, including George Bernard Shaw, who advocated electoral victories rather than violent revolution to bring about social change
Sigmund Freud
(1856-1939)-Viennese psychoanalyst whose theory of human personality based on sexual drives shocked Victorian sensibilities
William Gladstone
1809-1898) English Prime Minister (Liberal) known as the "Grand Old Man." Instituted liberal reforms which were designed to remove long standing abuses without destroying existing institutions. He believed in Home Rule for Ireland. In 1870 he passed the Education Act of 1870 and the Order in Council which replaced patronage as a means of entering civil service with competitive examinations. In 1871 he removed the Anglician religion qualification for faculty positions at Oxford and Cambridge universities and introduced The Ballot act of 1872 which provided for a secret ballot
Jean Jaures
(1859-1914)-French revisionist socialist who was assassinated for his pacifist ideals at the start of World War 1
Liberal Party
Formerly the Whig Party, headed by Gladstone in the nineteenth century
Friedrich Nietzsche
(1844-1900)-German philosopher and forerunner of the modern existentialist movement; he stressed the role of the Ubermensch or Superman, who would rise above the common herd of mediocrity
Caroline Norton
(1808-1877)-British feminist whose legal persistence resulted in the Married Women s Property Act (1883), which gave married women the same property rights as unmarried women
Emmeline Pankhurst
(1858-1928)-British suffragette and founder of the Women's Social and Political Union
Parliament Act of 1911
Legislation that deprived the House of Lords of veto power in all money matters. (realistically curtails the power of the House of Lords
Paris Commune
The revolutionary municipal council, led by radicals, that engaged in a civil war (March-May 1871) with the National Assembly of the newly established Third Republic, set up after the defeat of Napoleon III in the Franco- Prussian War
Rerum Novarum
(1891-Papal encyclical of Leo XIII (1878-1903) that upheld the right of private property but criticized the inequities of capitalism. It recommended that Catholics form political parties and trade unions to redress the poverty and insecurity fostered under capitalism
Marxists who believed that workers empowered to vote could obtain their ends through democratic means without revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat, known as revisionism
The Social Democratic Party in Germany, based on Marx's Ideology
Syllabus of Errors
(1864)-Doctrine of Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) that denounced belief in reason and science and attacked "progress, liberalism, and modern civilization
The French trade-unionist belief that workers would become the governmental power through a general strike that would paralyze society
French trade unions
Vatican Council of 1870
Gathering of Catholic church leaders that proclaimed the doctrine of papal infallibility
Article 231
Provision of the Versailles Treaty that blamed Germany for World War 1
Black Hand
The Serbian secret society alleged to be responsible for assassinating Archduke Francis Ferdinand
Blank Check
Reference to the full support provided by William II to Austria- Hungary in its conflict with Serbia. Al;so refers to the promise of support given by Russia to Serbia to develop of Slavic state
A battleship with increased speed and power over conventional warships, developed by both Germany and Great Britain to increase their naval arsenals. Carried 10 300mm guns mounted in 5 turrets
Dual Monarchy
An 1867 compromise between the Germans of Austria-Bohemia and the Magyars of Germany to resolve the nationalities problem by creating the empire of Austria and the kingdom of Hungary, with a common ministry for finance, foreign affairs, and war
Before both world wars, the policy of other European countries that, Germany claimed, prevented German expansion, denying it the right to acquire "living room" (Lebensraum)
Entente Cordiale
The 1904 "gentleman's agreement" between France and Britain establishing a close understanding
Fourteen Points
Wilson's peace plans calling for freedom of the seas, arms reduction, and the right of self-determination for ethnic groups
Free Trade
An economic theory or policy of the absence of restrictions or tariffs on goods imported into a country. There is no "protection" in the form of tariffs against foreign competition
The acquisition and administration of colonial areas, usually in the interests of the administering country. (The Second Age of Exploration)
Financial demands placed on loser nations
League of Nations
A proposal included in Wilson's Fourteen Points to establish an international organization to settle disputes and avoid future wars
British merchant liner carrying ammunition and passengers that was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. The loss of 139 American lives on board was a factor bringing the United States into World War I
The site of the 1906 conference in Spain at which German involvement in Morocco was rebuffed by Britain and France acting in unison
The site of the landing of the German gunboat in Morocco in 1911. William II tried to force the French to make concessions to Germany in Africa. Like the first crisis, this one drew Britain and France closer together
The movement to unite Slavs in the Balkans
The French desire for revenge against Germany for the loss of Alsace and Lorraine in the Franco-Prussian War (1870)
The Balkan town in the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne
Schlieffen Plan
Top-secret German strategy to fight a two-front war against Russia and France. The idea was to invade neutral Belgium for a quick victory against France, and then direct German forces against a more slowly mobilizing Russia
The ability of an ethnic group to decide how it wishes to be governed, as an independent nation or as part of another country
Social Darwinism
The belief that only the fittest survive in human political and economic struggle
Three Emperors' League
The 1873 alliance between Germany, Austria, and Russia
Triple Alliance
The 1882 alliance between Germany, Austria, and Italy
Triple Entente
After 1907, the alliance between England, France, and Russia
("world politics")-The policy of making Germany a major global power through an expanding navy and the acquisition of colonies, the dream of William II
Woodrow Wilson
(1856-1924)-President of the United States and key figure in the peace conferences following World War I; he intended to make the world "safe for democracy."
Zimmermann telegram
A secret German message to Mexico supporting the Mexican government in regaining Arizona and Texas if the Mexicans declared war on the United States, a factor propelling the United States into World War I in April 1917
Army Order Number 1
An order issued to the Russian military when the provisional government was formed. It deprived officers of their authority and placed power in elected committees of common soldiers. This led to the collapse of army discipline
Left-wing, revolutionary Marxists headed by Lenin. (Majority men)
The secret police under Lenin and his Communist Party
Constitutional Democrats
Also known as the Cadets, the party of the liberal bourgeoisie in Russia
Council of People's Commissars
The new government set up by Lenin following the Red Guard seizure of government buildings on November 6, 1917
V. I. Lenin
(1870-1924)-The Bolshevik leader who made the Marxist revolution in November 1917 and modified orthodox Marxism in doing so
Right-wing or moderate Marxists willing to cooperate with the bourgeoisie. (minority men)
New Economic Policy
(NEP) Plan introduced by Lenin after the Russian civil war. Essentially it was a tactical retreat from war communism, allowing some private ownership among the peasants to stimulate agrarian production
"Peace, land, and bread"
The promise Lenin made to his supporters on his arrival in April 1917 in Russia after his exile abroad. (In Germany)
Petrograd Soviet
The St. Petersburg, or Petrograd, council of workers, soldiers, and intellectuals who shared power with the provisional government
Provisional government
The temporary government established after the abdication of Nicholas II (1881-1970), from March until Lenin s takeover In November 1917
An uneducated Siberian preacher (nicknamed Rasputin, the Degenerate ) who claimed to have mysterious healing powers. He could stop the bleeding of Czarina Alexandra's son-possibly through hypnosis-and was thus able to gain influence in the czar's court, much to the dismay of top ministers and aristocrats, who finally arranged for his murder. The czarina's relationship with Rasputin did much to discredit Czar Nicholas's rule
Red Guards
The Bolshevik armed forces
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
(March 1918)-Pact by which Lenin pulled Russia out of the war with Germany and gave up one third of the Russian population in the western territories
Leon Trotsky
(1879-1940}Lenin s ally who organized and led the Bolshevik military takeover of the provisional government headed by Kerensky, in November 1917
"Two Tactics for Social Democracy"
The 1905 essay in which Lenin argued that the agrarian and industrial revolutions could be telescoped. It was unnecessary for Russia to become an industrialized nation before the Marxist revolution
War Communism
The application of total war by the Bolsheviks to the civil war (1918-1920) at home-i.e, requisitioning grain, nationalizing banks and industries, and introducing rationing
"What Is to Be Done?"
Essay written by Lenin in 1902 that outlined his plan for an elite revolutionary cadre to engineer the communist revolution in agrarian Russia
Clara Zeikin
(1857-1933)-German Marxist who focused on women's issues in the Communist Party
The union of Austria with Germany, resulting from the occupation of Austria by the German army in 1938
The making of concessions to an adversary in the hope of avoiding conflict. The term is most often used in reference to the meeting between Hitler and British prime minister Chamberlain in Munich, where agreement was made, in September 1938, to cede the Sudetenland (the German-speaking area of Czechoslovakia) to Germany
Beer Hall Putsch
Hitler's attempt, in 1923, to overthrow the Weimar Republic when he fired his pistol in the ceiling of a Munich beer hall
Black Shirts
The private army of Mussolini
Brown Shirts
Hitler's private army of supporters, also known as the SA (Sturm Abteilung)
Crystal Night (Krystallnacht)
The November 1938 destruction, by Hitler's brown Shirts and mobs, of Jewish shops, homes, and synagogues
Dawes Plan
(1924)-The provision of U.S. Loans to Germany to help meet reparation payments, which were also reduced
Enabling Act
Article 48 of the Weimar constitution, which enabled Hitler to issue decrees carrying the force of law
The political and economic methods of Mussolini in Italy. The name comes from the fasces or bundle of rods tied around an axe, the symbol of authority in ancient Rome
Paul von Hindenburg
(1847-1934-President of Weimar Germany, who appointed Hitler chancellor in 1933; formerly a general in World War I
Adolf Hitler
(1889-1945)-The Nazi leader who came to power legally in Germany in 1933. He set up a totalitarian dictatorship and led Germany into World War II
Kellogg-Briand Pact
(1928)-Document, signed by fifteen countries, that "condemned and renounced war as an instrument of national policy."
Labor Party
The British party that replaced the Liberals in the early twentieth century and championed greater social equality for the working classes through the efforts of labor unions
Lateran Agreement
(1929)-Pact that provided recognition by Mussolini of the Vatican and a large sum of money to the church as well
Locarno Treaty
(1925) Pact that secured the frontier between Germany and France and Germany and Belgium. It also provided for mutual assistance by France and Italy if Germany invaded its border countries
Mein Kampf (My Struggle )
Work written by Hitler while in prison in 1923; the book outlines his policies for German expansion, war, and elimination of non Aryans
Benito Mussolini
(1883-1945)-The founder and leader of the Italian Fascist Party
National Socialists (Nazis)
The political party of Adolf Hitler
Nuremberg Laws
(1935)-Measures that excluded Jews from white-collar professions and from marriage and habitation with non-Jews
Forcible and illegitimate attempt to seize power
A plebiscite: the referring of a matter to the people for a decision
Left-wing Marxists in Germany who hoped to bring about a proletarian revolution in 1919
German-speaking area of Czechoslovakia, ceded to Germany in the Hitler- Chamberlain Munich meeting (September 1938)
Third Reich
Name given to Germany during the Nazi regime, between 1933 and 1945. The First Reich (or empire) was from 963 to 1806 (the Holy Roman Empire); the second was from 1871 to 1917 (the reigns of William I and William II)
An attempt by government to control a society totally through a dictatorship that employs the modern methods of communication-press, radio, TV-to glorify the state over the individual. Its varieties are Fascism, Nazism, and communism
Independent sovereign state of the pope and the Catholic church, established in Rome In 1929
Victor Emmanuel III
(1901-1946)-King of Italy who asked Mussolini to form a cabinet in 1922, thus allowing Mussolini to take power legally
Washington Conference
(1921)-Conference of major powers to reduce naval armaments among Great Britain, Japan, France, Italy, and the United States
A reference to the republic of Germany that lasted from 1919 to 1933
Young Plan
(1929) Schedule that set limits to Germany's reparation payments and reduced the agreed-on time for occupation of the Ruhr
Konrad Adenauer
(1876-1967) The first chancellor of West Germany; he was able to establish a stable democratic government
Algerian Liberation Movement
An eight-year struggle by Algeria to secure independence from French colonial control; the goal was finally achieved in 1962
Atlantic Charter
The joint declaration, in August 1941, by Roosevelt and Churchill, stating common principles for the free world: self-determination, free choice of government, equal opportunities for all nations for trade, permanent system of general security and disarmament.
Simone de Beauvoir
(1908-1986)-Existentialist and feminist who has written on the psychology and social position of women
Berlin Wall
Concrete barrier constructed by the Soviets in August 1961 between West Berlin and East Berlin to prevent East Germans from fleeing to the West. (In 1990, the wall was torn down.)
Willy Brandt
(1913- )Chancellor of West Germany in the late 1960s; he sought to improve relations with the states of Eastern Europe
Leonid Brezhnev
(1907-1982-Soviet leader who helped oust and then replace Khrushchev
Brezhnev Doctrine
Policy proclaimed in 1968 and declaring that the Soviet Union had the right to intervene in any Socialist country whenever it determined there was a need
Albert Camus
(1913-1960) -French existentialist who stated that in spite of the general absurdity of human life, individuals could make rational sense out of their own existence through meaningful personal decision making.
Cold War
An intense conflict between the superpowers using all means short of military might to achieve their respective ends
Common Market
Another name for the European Economic Community, which created a free-trade area among the Western European countries
Council for Mutual Economic Aid (Comecon)
An economic alliance, founded in 1949, to coordinate the economic affairs of the Soviet Union and its satellite countries
The collapse of colonial empires. Between 1947 and 1962, practically all former colonies in Asia and Africa gained independence
Reference to the period of relaxation or thaw in relations between the superpowers during Khrushchev's rule in the Soviet Union
European Coal and Steel Community
Organized by Jean Monnet (1888-1979) it called for an integration of the coaland steel industries of France and West Germany. It finally added Italy and the Benelux states
European Economic Community (Common Market)
Organization, begun on January 1, 1958, including France, German Federal Republic, Italy, and the Benelux nations (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg). By 1966 the Common Market would eliminate all customs barriers between the countries, would set up a common tariff policy on imports, and would gradually remove all restrictions on the movement of workers and capital
European Free Trade Association
An association of Western European nations agreeing to favor each other in respect to tariffs. Members were Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, and Great Britain. Sometimes referred to as the Outer Seven-i.e., outside the Common Market; formed in 1959
A label for widely different revolts against traditional philosophy, stressing choice, freedom, decision, and anguish, and emerging strongly during and after the World War II years
Fifth Republic
Government established in France in October 1958. The First Republic lasted from 1793 to 1804; the Second, from 1848 to 1852; the Third from 1875 to 1945; and the Fourth, from 1946 to 1958
Free French
Supporters of General de Gaulle who refused to acknowledge the French armistice in 1940. In 1944, de Gaulle's Committee of National Liberation was proclaimed and recognized as the French provisional government
Alcide de Gasperi
(1881-1954)-The leader of the Christian Democrats in Italy, he was committed to democracy and moderate social reform
Charles de Gaulle
(1890-1970} First president of the French Fifth Republic and former head of the Free French movement in World War II
Gorbachev used the term toexplainhis new policy of "openness" in allowing russians more freedom to dissent.
Forced labor camps set up by Stalin for political dissidents
Hungarian Revolt
(1956)-Attempt by students and workers to liberalize the Communist regime and break off military alliance with the Soviet Union
Karl Jaspers
(1883-1969) German existentialist seeing all people as equally co-responsible for the terrors and injustices of the world
Nikita Khrushchev
(1894-1971)-Soviet leader who denounced Stalin's rule and brought a temporary thaw in the superpowers' relations
Marshall Plan
Program that advanced more than $ 11 billion for European recovery to sixteen Western nations from 1947 to 1953; the final cost to the United States was $20 billion
Aldo Moro
Former premier of Italy and leader of the Christian Democratic Party who was assassinated by a terrorist group in 1978
Imre Nagy
(1896-1958) Hungarian Communist Party leader who attempted to end association with the USSR which lead to the 1956 Hungarian revolt
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Military alliance founded in 1949, between the United States and Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Portugal, and Italy; later, Greece, Turkey, and West Germany joined
Boris Pasternak
(1890-1960) Russian author of Dr. Zhivago, a novel condemning the brutality of the Stalin era
Peaceful coexistence
The thaw in cold war tensions between the superpowers
Gorbachev's policy of "restructuring" which included reducing the direct involvement of the Commuist Party leadership in the day to day governing of the nation. It ws a decentralization of economic planning and controls
Potsdam Conference
The July-August 1945 meeting of Truman, Stalin, and Clement Atlee of Great Britain, at which disagreements arose over the permanent borders of Germany and free elections in East European countries. Stalin refused to hold free elections, in fear of anti-Soviet governments
Prague Spring
The liberal reforms introduced by Alexander Dubcek, the Czechoslovak Communist Party secretary. On August 20, 1968, twenty thousand troops from the Soviet Union and its satellite countries occupied Prague to undo the reforms
Red Brigade
Terrorist group committed to radical political and social change that claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Italian premier Aldo Moro in 1978
1972 Treaty between America and Soviet Union whichlimitedthenumberof intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at their existing levels for five years
Additional arms limitations signings in 1979 which places limits on long-range missiles, bombers and nuclear warheads
Jean-Paul Sartre
(1905-1980)-French existentialist most famous for his statement that "existence precedes essence"-i.e., first we exist and then our decisions and choices shape our character or essence
Schuman Plan
An international organization set up in 1952 to control and integrate all European coal and steel production; also known as the European Coal and Steel Community
Polish political party (anti communism) lead by Lech Walesa wanted free elections for Poles
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(1918-)-Russian author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, a novel detailing life in a Stalinist concentration camp
Margaret Thatcher
(b. 1925- ) Conservative British PrimeMinister andfirst woman to head a major European government
Marshal Tito
(Josip Broz) (1892-1980) Communist chief of Yugoslavia who proclaimed independence of his country from Soviet influence
Treaty of Rome
Pact, created in 1957, that set up the European Economic Community (also known as the Common Market)
Truman Doctrine
Policy providing military aid to Greece and Turkey in an effort to contain Communism (1947-1948)
Vatican II
Pope John XXIII called the conference which met in four sessions between 1962-65. The purpose was to bring the church up to date (aggiornamento)
Warsaw Pact
A military alliance, formed in 1955, of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellite nations
Founded by Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) the Zionists sought the creation of a national homeland forthe Jews in Palestine. It was supported by the British Balfour Declaration during WWI but did not become a reality until 1948
Benvenuto Cellini
A goldsmith and sculptor who wrote an autobiography, famous for its arrogance and immodest self-praise
A mercenary soldier of a political ruler
The recovery and study of classical authors and writings
The emphasis on the unique and creative personally
New Monarchs
The term applied to Louis XI of France, Henry VII of England, and Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, who strengthened their monarchical authority often by Machiavellian means
The application and use of reason in understanding and explaining events
The period from 1400 to 1600 that witnessed a transformation of cultural and intellectual values from primarily Christian to classical or secular ones
The emphasis on the here and-now rather than on the spiritual and otherworldly
Lorenzo Valla
(1407-1457)-A humanist who used historical criticism to discredit an eighth-century document giving the papacy jurisdiction over Western lands
The striving for personal excellence
The sensuous and dynamic style of art of the Counter Reformation
Brethren of the Common Life
Pious laypeople In sixteenth-century Holland who Initiated a religious revival in their model of Christian living
John Calvin
(1509-1564) - A French theologian who established a theocracy In Geneva and is best known for his theory of predestination
Charles V
(1519-1556) - Hapsburg dynastic ruler of the Holy Roman Empire and of extensive territories in Spain and the Netherlands
Council of Trent
The congress of learned Roman Catholic authorities that met intermittently from 1545 to 1563 to reform abusive church practices and reconcile with the Protestants
A list of books that Catholics were forbidden to read
Papal pardon for remission of sins
A religious committee of six Roman cardinals that tried heretics and punished the guilty by imprisonment and execution
Also known as the Society of Jesus; founded by Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) as a teaching and missionary order to resist the spread of Protestantism
John Knox
(1505-1572) Calvinist leader in sixteenth-century Scotland
Martin Luther
(1483-1546) - German theologian who challenged the church's practice of selling indulgences, a challenge that ultimately led to the destruction of the unity of the Roman Catholic world
Sir Thomas More
(1478-1535 - Renaissance humanist and chancellor of England, executed by Henry VIII for his unwillingness to recognize publicly his king as Supreme Head of the church and clergy of England
The practice of rewarding relatives with church positions
Peace of Augsburg
(1555) - Document in which Charles V recognized Lutheranism as a legal religion in the Holy Roman Empire. The faith of the prince determined the religion of his subjects
The holding of several benefices, or church offices
The selling of church offices
A community, such as Calvin's Geneva, in which the state Is subordinate to the church
The practice of lending money for interest
Gustavus Adolphus
(1594-1632) - Swedish Lutheran who won victories for the German Protestants in the Thirty Years War and lost his life in one of the battles
Duke of Alva
(1508-1582 - Military leader sent by Philip n to pacify the Low Countries
(1588) - Spanish vessels defeated in the English Channel by an English fleet, thus preventing Philip II's invasion of England
Vasco de Balboa
First European to reach the Pacific Ocean, 1513
Catherine de Medici
(1547-1589 - The wife of Henry II (1547-1559) of France, who exercised political influence after the death of her husband and during the rule of her weak sons
Christopher Columbus
First European to sail to the West Indies, 1492
Concordat of Bologna
(1516) - Treaty under which the French Crown recognized the supremacy of the pope over a council and obtained the right to appoint all French bishops and abbots
Fernando Cortez
Conqueror of the Aztecs, 1519-1521
Defenestration of Prague
The hurling, by Protestants, of Catholic officials from a castle window in Prague, setting off the Thirty Years' War
Bartholomew Diaz
First European to reach the southern tip of Africa, 1487-1488
Dutch East India Company
Government-chartered joint-stock company that controlled the spice trade in the East Indies
Edict of Nantes
(1598) - The edict of Henry IV that granted Huguenots the rights of public worship and religious toleration in France
Elizabeth I
(1558-1603) - Protestant ruler of England who helped stabilize religious tensions by subordinating theological issues to political considerations
Prince Henry the Navigator
Sponsor of voyages along West African coasts, 1418
Henry IV
(1589-1610) - Formerly Henry of Navarre; ascended the French throne as a convert to Catholicism. Surrived St. Bartholomew Day, signed Edict of Nantes, quoted as saying "Paris is worth a mass."
French Calvinists
Ferdinand Magellan
Circumnavigator of the globe, 1519-1522
Peace of Westphalia
(1648) - The treaty ending the Thirty Years' War in Germany; it allowed each prince-whether Lutheran, Catholic, or Calvinist-to choose the established creed of his territory
Philip II
(1556-1598) - Son and successor to Charles V, ruling Spain and the Low Countries
Francisco Pizarro
Conqueror of Peru, 1532-1533
St. Bartholemew's Day
(August 24, 1572) - Catholic attack on Calvinists on the marriage day of Margaret of Valois to Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV)
Prince William of Orange
(1572-1584 - Leader of the seventeen provinces of the Netherlands
Cardinal Richelieu
(1585-1642) Minister to Louis XIII. His three point plan (1. Break the power of the nobility, 2. Humble the House of Austria, 3. Control the Protestants) helped to send France on the road to absolute monarchy
The theory that the monarch is supreme and can exercise full and complete power unilaterally
Bill of Rights
(1689) - English document declaring that sovereignty resided with Parliament
Charles I
(1625-1649) - Stuart king who brought conflict with Parliament to a head and was subsequently executed
Charles II
(1660 1685) - Stuart king during the Restoration, following Cromwell's Interregnum
(1619-1683) - The financial minister under the French king Louis XIV who promoted mercantilist policies
The theory that power should be shared between rulers and their subjects and the state governed according to laws
Oliver Cromwell
(1559-1658) - The principal leader and a gentry member of the Puritans in Parliament
Diggers and Levellers
Radical groups in England in the 1650s who called for the abolition of private ownership and extension of the franchise
Divine right monarchy
The belief that a monarch's power derives from God and represents Him on earth
Frederick the Great
1740-1786) - The Prussian ruler who expanded his territory by invading the duchy of Silesia and defeating Maria Theresa of Austria
Frederick William
(1640-1688) - The "Great Elector," who built a strong Prussian army and infused military values into Prussian society
French Classicism
The style in seventeenth-century art and literature resembling the arts in the ancient world and in the Renaissance-e.g., the works of Poussin, Moliere, and Racine
The last aristocratic revolt against a French monarch
Glorious Revolution
A reference to the political events of 1688-1689, when James II abdicated his throne and was replaced by his daughter Mary and her husband, Prince William of Orange
Habeas corpus
The legal protection that prohibits the imprisonment of a subject without demonstrated cause
Thomas Hobbes
(1588-1679) - Political theorist advocating absolute monarchy based on his concept of an anarchic state of nature
The period of Cromwellian rule (1649-1659), between the Stuart dynastic rules of Charles I and Charles II
James I
(1603-1625 - Stuart monarch who ignored constitutional principles and asserted the divine right of kings
James II
(1685-1688 - Final Stuart ruler; he was forced to abdicate in favor of William and Mary, who agreed to the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing parliamentary supremacy
John Locke
(1632-1704 - Political theorist who defended the Glorious Revolution with the argument that all people are born with certain natural rights to life, liberty, and property
Louis XIV
(1643-1715 - Also known as the "Sun King"; the ruler of France who established the supremacy of absolutism in seventeenth-century Europe
Maria Theresa
(1740-1780) - Archduchess of Austria, queen of Hungary, who lost the Hapsburg possession of Silesia to Frederick the Great but was able to keep her other Austrian territories
Governmental policies by which the state regulates the economy, through taxes, tariffs, subsidies, laws
New Model Army
The disciplined fighting force of Protestants led by Oliver Cromwell in the English civil war
Peace of Utrecht
(1713) - The pact concluding the War of the Spanish Succession, forbidding the union of France with Spain, and conferring control of Gibraltar on England
Peter the Great
(1682-1725) - The Romanov czar who initiated the westernization of Russian society by traveling to the West and incorporating techniques of manufacturing as well as manners and dress
Petition of Right
(1628) - Parliamentary document that restricted the king's power. Most notably, it called for recognition of the writ of habeas corpus and held that only Parliament could impose new taxes
Puritan Revolution
A reference to the English civil war (1642-1646), waged to determine whether sovereignty would reside in the monarch or in Parliament
Protestant sect in England hoping to "purify" the Anglican church of Roman Catholic traces in practice and organization
The return of the Stuart monarchy (1660) after the period of republican government under Cromwell-in fact, a military dictatorship
Test Act
(1673) Law prohibiting Catholics and dissenters to hold political office
Palace constructed by Louis XIV outside of Paris to glorify his rule and subdue the nobility
War of the Spanish Succession
(1701-1713) - The last of Louis XIV's wars involving the issue of succession to the Spanish throne
William of Orange
(1672-1702) - Dutch prince and foe of Louis XIV who became king of England in 1689
Aristotelian-Ptolemaic cosmology
the geocentric view of the universe that prevailed from the fourth century B.C. to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and accorded with church teachings and Scriptures
Francis Bacon
(1561-1626}inductive thinker who stressed experimentation in arriving at truth
Nicolaus Copernicus
(1473-1543) - Polish astronomer who posited a heliocentric universe in place of a geocentric universe
The belief that God has created the universe and set it in motion to operate like clockwork. God is literally in the wings watching the show go on as humans forge their own destiny
Rene Descarte.
(1596-1650 - Deductive thinker whose famous saying cogito, ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am") challenged the notion of truth as being derived from tradition and Scriptures
The intellectual revolution of the eighteenth century in which the philosophes stressed reason, natural law, and progress in their criticism of prevailing social injustices
(1564-1642)-Italian scientist who formulated terrestrial laws and the modern law of Inertia; he also provided evidence for the Copernican hypothesis
The economic concept of the Scottish philosophe Adam Smith (1723-1790). In opposition to mercantilism, Smith urged governments to keep hands off the operation of the economy. He believed the role of government was analogous to the night watchman, guarding and protecting but not intervening in the operation of the economy, which must be left to run in accord with the natural laws of supply and demand
Isaac Newton
(1642-1727 - English scientist who formulated the law of gravitation that posited a universe operating In accord with natural law
Social critics of the eighteenth century who subjected social institutions and practices to the test of reason
Royal Society of London and French Academy of Sciences
Organized bodies for scientific study
Tabula rasa
John Locke's concept of the mind as a blank sheet ultimately bombarded by sense impressions that, aided by human reasoning, formulate ideas
Cesare Beccaria
Crime and Punishment
Sketch of the Progress of the Human Mind
Denis Diderot
David Hume
An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
John Locke
Two Treatises on Government; Essay on Human Understanding. Montesquieu-Spirit of the Laws, Persian Letters
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Social Contract; Emile
Adam Smith
Wealth of Nations
Philosophical Letters; Candide
Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Ancien regime (Old Regime)
France prior to the French Revolution
Fees that peasants were obligated to pay landlords for the use of the village mill, bakeshop and winepress
The political prison and armory stormed on July 14, 1789, by Partisian city workers alarmed by the king's concentration of troops at Versailles
Cahier de doleances
List of grievances that each Estate drew up in preparation for the summoning of the Estates-General in 1789
Code Napoleon
The codification and condensation of laws assuring legal equality and uniformity in France
Committee of Public Safety
The leaders under Robespierre who organized the defenses of France, conducted foreign policy, and centralized authority during the period 1792-1795
Concordat (1801)
Napoleon's arrangement with Pope Plus VII to heal religious division in France with a united Catholic church under bishops appointed by the government
Continental System
Napoleon's efforts to block foreign trade with England by forbidding Importation of British goods Into Europe
Roadwork; an obligation of peasants to landowners
Coup d'etat.
Overthrow of those in power
Declaration of Pillnitz
(1791) Austria and Prussia agreed to intervene in France to end the revolution with the unanimous agreement of the great powers
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen
(August 27, 1789) - Document that embodied the liberal revolutionary Ideals and general principles of the philosophes' writings
Directory (1795-1799)
The five-man executive committee that ruled France in its own interests as a republic after Robespierre's execution and prior to Napoleon's coming to power
Estates General
The French national assembly summoned in 1789 to remedy the financial crisis and correct abuses of the ancien regime
Great Fear
The panic and insecurity that struck French peasants in the summer of 1789 and led to their widespread destruction of manor houses and archives
The dominant group In the National Convention in 1793 who replaced the Girondist. It was headed by Robespierre
Law of the maximum
The fixing of prices on bread and other essentials under Robespierre's rule
Levee en masse
The creation under the Jacobins, of a citizen army with support from young and old, heralding the emergence of modern warfare
Napoleon Bonaparte
(1769-1821) - Consul and later emperor of France (1799-1815), who established several of the reforms (Code Napoleon) of the French Revolution during his dictatorial rule
Night of August 4, 1789
date of the declaration by liberal noblemen of the National Assembly at a secret meeting to abolish the feudal regime in France
Law court staffed by nobles that could register or refuse to register a king's edict
Peninsular War
(1808-1813) - Napoleon's long-drawn-out war with Spain
(1758-1794)-Jacobin leader during the Reign of Terror (1793-1794)
Sans culottes
A reference to Parisian workers who wore loose-fitting trousers rather than the tight-fitting breeches worn by aristocratic men
A direct tax from which most French nobles were exempt
Tennis Court Oath
Declaration mainly by members of the Third Estate not to disband until they had drafted a constitution for France (June 20, 1789)
Treaty of Tilsit
(1807) - Agreement between Napoleon and Czar Alexander I in which Russia became an ally of France and Napoleon took over the lands of Prussia west of the Elbe as well as the Polish provinces