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Kabuki theatre

Feudal Japanese theatre that performed comedic or melodramatic presentations of everyday life or historic events.

Kaiser Wilhelm

(1859-1941) King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany whose political policies led his country into World War I. He was forced from power when Germany lost the war.


Sacred spirits that are worshipped in the Shinto religion of Japan.


Japanese writing system adapted from Chinese, with the addition of phonetic symbols representing syllables.


Actions in this life resulting from the consequences of a previous life’s actions. Associated with Hinduism and Buddhism.

Kellogg-Briand Pact

A treaty signed in 1928 renouncing war as a means of solving international disputes.

Kenyatta, Jomo

(1894?-1978) Independence leader who help lead Kenya out of European imperialism after World War II.

Khmer Rouge

A group of communist guerillas in Cambodia during the late 20th century, led by Pol Pot, that gained control of Cambodia after the withdrawal of American troops from the Vietnam War. The initiated a reign of terror, killing over a million people to remove all western influence from the country. This gross violation of human rights ended when Vietnam invaded and occupied the country in 1979. In the 1990s, the United Nations negotiated a peace settlement, and began the democratic process in Cambodia.

Khrushchev, Nikita

(1894-1971) Leader of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964. Khrushchev was critical of Stalin’s policies and attempted to reverse some of them. He is responsible for placing nuclear missiles in Cuba which resulted in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

King Leopold

(1835-1909) King of Belgium who began imperialistic trade inside of Africa which resulted in the Scramble for Africa.

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