AP World- Ch. 31 Vocab

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AP World- Ch. 31 Vocab
2012-04-19 15:22:41

AP World Vocab
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  1. National Socialist (NAZI)
    Also known as the Nazi party; led by Adolf Hitler in Germany; picked up political support during the economic chaos of the Great Depression; advocated authoritarian state under a single leader, aggressive foreign policy to reverse humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles; took power in Germany in 1933
  2. Blitzkrieg
    German term for lightning warfare; involved rapid movement of troops, tanks, and mechanized carriers; resulted in early German victories over Belgium, Holland, and France in World War II
  3. Vichy
    French collaborationist government established in 1940 in southern France following defeat of French armies by the Germans.
  4. Winston Churchill
    British prime minister during World War II; responsible for British resistance to German air assaults
  5. Battle of Britain
    the name given to the World War II air campaign waged by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940.
  6. Holocaust
    Term for Hitler's attempted genocide of European Jews during World War II; resulted in deaths of 6 million Jews
  7. Battle of the Bulge
    was a major German offensive launched toward the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium
  8. Battle of the Coral Sea
    a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. The battle was the first ever fleet action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.
  9. Midway Island
    location of the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet
  10. United Nations
    International organization formed in the aftermath of World War II; included all of the victorious Allies; its primary mission was to provide a forum for negotiating disputes
  11. Tehran Conference
    Meeting among leaders of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union in 1943; agreed to the opening of a new front in France.
  12. Yalta Conference
    the wartime meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization.
  13. Potsdam
    Meeting among leaders of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union just before the end of World War II in 1945; Allies agreed upon Soviet domination in Eastern Europe; Germany and Austria to be divided among victorious Allies
  14. Atlantic Charter of 1941
    World War II alliance agreement between the United States and Britain; included a clause that recognized the right of all people to choose the form of government under which they live; indicated sympathy for decolonization
  15. Muslim League
    Founded in 1906 to better support demands of Muslims for separate electorates and legislative seats in Hindu-dominated India; represented division within Indian nationalist movement
  16. Jomo Kenyatta
    Leader of the nonviolent nationalist party in Kenya; organized the Kenya Africa Union (KAU); failed to win concessions because of resistance of white settlers; came to power only after suppression of the Land Freedom Army, or Mau Mau
  17. Afrikaner National Party
    Emerged as the majority party in the all-white South African legislature after 1948; advocated complete independence from Britain; favored a rigid system of racial segregation called apartheid
  18. Apartheid
    Policy of strict racial segregation imposed in South Africa to permit the continued dominance of whites politically and economically