POLITICS SELECTED KEY TERMS
Patriarchy: a form of social organization in which a male is the head of the family and descent,
kinship, and title are traced through the male line.
Peerage: the body of peers of a country or state.
Codification: the act, process, or result of stating the rules and principles applicable in a given
legal order to one or more broad areas of life in this form of a code.
Impeach: to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.
Bureaucratic: of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and
Utilitarian: pertaining to or consisting in utility.
Volatile: tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive: a volatile political
Diabolical: having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish; outrageously wicked.
Mao Tse-tung: one of the leading communists of the last century. His theories on communism,
warfare and revolution have been extremely influential. He was also responsible for a
revolutionary program called The Great Leap Forward that cost the lives of 20 to 30 million
Nelson Mandela: was South Africa's eleventh president and its first democratically elected
president. Before his election to the presidency, Nelson Mandela protested against apartheid by
leading the African National Congress (ANC).
Ghandi: a pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence
Castro: a Cuban political leader and former communist revolutionary.
Che Gueverra: an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla
leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized