A lot of terms are thrown around by historians where the reader is supposed to know what they mean. Many of them confuse professional historians, so God knows how they appear to the non-academic reader. This glossary is an attempt to put into plain English the jargon of history and historical theory. Or, at least, start to explain the debates and importance of different terms, time period, people and places.
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