Absolutism. Definition: Political system in which autocratic rulers have complete authority over the government and the lives of people in their nations. Theme: Political system. Culture and intellectual life. Conflict.
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Definition: Government in which ruling power belongs to a few people.
Theme: Political system.
Historical connection: In many countries which had a diverse population oligarchies were set up to make sure all people in the region were equally represented. This was prevalent in many early Latin American nations.
Theme: Turning point. Justice and human rights. Cultural & intellectual life.
Historical Connection: The Information Revolution has greatly contributed to the improvement in literacy throughout the world. Many nation’s leaders are implementing programs that stress the importance of literacy.
Definition: Contamination of the environment, including air, water, and soil.
Theme: Geography. Science and technology.
Historical Connection: The Industrial Revolution was as harmful as much as it was instrumental in the development of civilization. Harmful gases and soot from factories and inventions are potentially harmful to the longevity of the planet.
Definition: Layer of gases high in the atmosphere that protects the Earth from the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Theme: Geography. Science and technology. Modern global connections and interactions
Historical Connection: Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are produced by man made inventions, and are believed to be the main cause for the thinning of the ozone layer. Russia and Japan have both agreed to eliminate the use and production of CFCs.
Definition: The changeover of arable lands into desert.
Theme: Geography. Change.
Historical Connection: Cutting down forests and livestock grazing both contribute to this environmental crisis. The Sahara desert in Africa is spreading approximately 50 miles per year, which is resulting in the rise of famines.