KEY TERMS The following pages contain lists of key terms for each chapter in the assigned readings. You should look for these terms as you read the text and take short notes on each one. You may write the notes on these sheets or, even better, write them out on notebook paper or index cards—these would give you more space to write out the relevant information. The notes should not only include basic information about who, what, when and where (which will help you keep from mixing them up) but also why the person, place, or thing is historically important. This last part is crucial since it involves critical thinking and interpretation rather than just rote memorization. While there are many reasons for someone or something to be historically important, keep in mind two things. First, history is about both change over time and cause and effect. So, think about how the person or event may have produced some significant change in the evolution or development of society. Second, history is also concerned with discovering patterns among the millions of individual people and events of the past. So, think about how the key term may be an example of some general phenomenon or trend. Your instructor will give you some examples of what to look for and to think about as you do these identifications. While these terms are “key” or crucial to helping you master and understand the material presented in the World History classes here at Alabama A&M, it is important to remember that both the lectures and tests will cover more than just these individual terms —these courses are more than just a game of Trivial Pursuit! Therefore, it is essential that you read ALL the material in the assigned readings and don’t just pick out the terms listed here. Moreover, you should make an effort to understand how these individual terms tie in with or relate to the major themes or points of each chapter.