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Bessemer, Sir Henry
(1813-98) Inventor who developed a more cost efficient process for making steel.
A Hindu holy book where the god Krishna teaches the importance of selflessness, performing religious duties, and of devotion to God.
bill of exchange
A document purchased from a bank that allowed a person to travel without having to carry large amounts of money. Worked like a modern check.
German word meaning lightning war. It was a German army tactic during World War II which called for quick moving, hard hitting drives into enemy territory.
A system of printing where characters are carved onto a wooden block. The block is then inked and pressed onto a sheet of paper.
(1899-1902) War between Great Britain and the Boers in South Africa over control of rich mining country. Great Britain won and created the Union of South Africa comprised of all the South African colonies.
Dutch descended colonist living in South Africa. Also called Afrikaners.
Early name of communists during the Russian Revolution of 1917.
(1783-1830) Latin American revolutionary responsible for the ousting of Spain from much of South America during the 19th century. He is considered to be the most important figure in the fight for Latin American independence.
The study of plant life.
Term given to the middle class people in society.
(1900) A rebellion by the people of China to end foreign domination.
In Hinduism, Brahman is the name given to the oneness of the universe.
(1906-1982) Leader of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982. During his control of the Soviet Union, relations with the West, as well as the Soviet economy, experienced a long period of stagnation.
British East India Company