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Chapter 27: Empire and Expansion, 1890-1909

Americanization

the process of assimilating American character, manner, ideals, culture, and so on.

Bellicose

disposed to fight or go to war.

blue blood

a person of supposedly "pure blood," presumed to be descended from nobility or aristocracy.

Corollary

a secondary inference or deduction from a main proposition that is assumed to be established or proven.

Imperialism

the practice by which a nation acquires and holds colonies and other possessions, denies them self-government, and usually exploits them economically.

Indemnity

a payment assessed to compensate for an injury or illegal action.

Partition

in politics, the act of dividing a weaker territory or government among several more powerful states.

Reconcentration

the policy of forcibly removing a population to confined areas in order to deny support to enemy forces.

scorched-earth policy

the policy of burning and destroying all the property in a given area so as to deny it to an enemy.

sphere of influence

in international affairs, the territory where a powerful state exercises the dominant control over weaker states or territories.

yellow journalism

the use of sensational reports, embellished reporting, and attention-grabbing headlines to sell newspapers.


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