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Glossary

Chapter 34: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War, 1933-1941

Convoy

to escort militarily, for purposes of protection.

exchange rate

the monetary ratio according to which one currency is convertible into another (in terms of different nations).

hara-kiri

traditional Japanese ritual suicide.

Multilateral

in politics, referring to a policy or action undertaken by more than one nation.

Quarantine

in politics, isolating a nation by refusing to have economic or diplomatic dealings with it.

Steppes

the largely treeless great plains of southeastern Europe and western Asia.

Totalitarianism

a political system of absolute control, in which all social, moral, and religious values and institutions are put in direct service of the state.

Unilateral

in politics, concerning a policy or action undertaken by only one nation.

Warlord

an armed leader or ruler who maintains power by continually waging war, often against other similar rulers or local military leaders.


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