Concepts for Unit 1 - * indicates a test question on the Concepts Exam. Post on these in the discussion for Unit 1- Collaborate! Some questions will be multiple choice but some will be short answer where you must apply your understanding of the concept to the history for the Unit.


A concept in gray is part of a set of concepts but it has not happened yet.

General Economic terms:







Governmental terms:


         *Kingdom or monarchy (ruler: king and/or queen)

         *Nation state

         Constitutional monarchy

         Republic or representative democracy



Terms for developments in this era:

         *Empire (ruler: emperor) and the words imperial and imperialism





Terms about people who are not free by law:





         Bondage or bound

         *Indentured servant


Tip: As I currently understand the history, the Spanish turn the Native Americans into the legal equivalent of serfs.

Terms about people who are free but have a feudal relationship of land and protection:



         *Subject or vassal

Tip: Subject is used with feudalism but is still used as a term today for people in a monarchy.
Vassal is used specifically with feudalism.


Terms for religions involved in events:

         Roman Catholicism

         *Pope (related terms of papacy or St. Peter)

         *Protestant Reformation





Tip: The links from your instructor in the chapters can help you with Calvinism and with later religions in the colonies.

Government and people:




         Rule of law




Tip: In Unit 1, we have a famous rebellion and a famous revolution. What is the difference in the terms and in what happened? What is treason? What is the consequence for an unsuccessful rebellion or revolution?

Government and free people in development during Unit 1:

         Freedom of assembly

         Free speech

         Freedom of the press

         Freedom of petition

         Trial by jury (exoneration, execution, incarceration)

         Vote for representatives (and qualifications to vote)

         Vote by representatives in a legislature to determine laws (including taxes)


Government and people:

         Legislature (creators of laws)

         *Elected assemblies in colonies a legislature (See page 111.)

         *Parliament a legislature
- House of Lords
- House of Commons

         *Prime minister


         Tax (a noun, not a verb)




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