30 terms

PV Social Studies Vocabulary

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migration
movement of groups of people from one place to another
domesticate
to control plants and animals for people's use
trade
the business of buying and selling or exchanging items
city
states - sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory
civilization
an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
culture
a unique way of life that sets a group of people apart from others.
religion
a set of spiritual beliefs, values, and practices
scribe
a person who writes
technology
the use of tools and skills to make a product or achieve a goal
empire
a conquered land of many people and places governed by one ruler
delta
a triangle-shaped area of islands and marshes at the mouth of a river
nomad
a person who moves from place to place with no permanent home
polytheism
belief in or worship of more than one god
topography
the surface features of a place or region such as mountains or deserts
social classes
a group of society distinguished from other groups by such tings as weatlth, property, and rights
monotheism
the belief that there is only one god
democracy
rule by the people
monarchy
a form of government in which the ruling power is in the hands of one person
alliance
an agreement between nations to work together for common interests
republic
a form of government with elected leaders
legacy
a contribution of one culture to another
feudalism
a system of government based on landowners and tenants
geography
the physical features of an area
innovation
a new way of doing things
oasis
a place where water can be found in a desert
Renaissance
a period of European history around the 14th century in which there was a rebirth of interest and accomplishments in art, literature, and learning
meridian
line of longitude
plateau
a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side
parallel
line of latitude
archipelago
a large group or chain of islands