Eastern Europe Vocabulary

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Communism
a system of government in which the government controls the means of production, determining what goods will be made, how much workers will be paid, and how much items will cost*
Eurasia
the name some geographers suggest should be used for the landmass of Europe and Asia*
Inland sea
a sea that is almost completely surrounded by land*
Tundra
a region where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants can grow*
Taiga
thinly scattered, coniferous forests found in Europe and Asia*
Steppe
a temperate grassland found in Europe and Asia*
Acid Rain
rain with high concentrations of chemicals, usually from industrial pollution, pollutes water, kills plants and animal life, and eats away at the surface of stone and rock*
Ghetto
a section of a city in which a particular minority group is forced to live*
Holocaust - the execution of 6 million Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II*
Holocaust
the execution of 6 million Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II*
Velvet Revolution
a revolution without bloodshed, which took place in Czechoslovakia during the late 1980's*
Collective Farms
a government-owned farm managed by workers who share the profits from their produce*
Multiplier Effect
the effect an investment has in multiplying related jobs throughout the economy*
Annexed
to formally incorporate into a country or state the territory of another*
Glasnost
A policy of openness introduced in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s*
Perestroika
In the former soviet Union, a policy of economic restructuring*