The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature (2 Vol Set.)

The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature (2 Vol Set.)

by Mary Beth Norton, Pamela Gerardi
     
 

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This entirely new edition of a keystone reference is the place to start researching any topic in any field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and provided commentary on the best and most useful works in their fields—almost 27,000 annotated citations—to provide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of extraordinary

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This entirely new edition of a keystone reference is the place to start researching any topic in any field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and provided commentary on the best and most useful works in their fields—almost 27,000 annotated citations—to provide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of extraordinary breadth, from prehistory to the twentieth century.
Presented in an accessible format, this completely new work has been ten years in planning and execution. It is divided into sections arranged by chronology and national and regional history, with each section introduced by a brief historiographical essay. And it also contains expanded coverage of Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
Each bibliographic citation is identified by a unique reference number and includes all essential data, along with a brief critical annotation written by a specialist in the field. Also included are guides to the contributors of annotations and complete author and subject indexes.
An indispensable work for scholars, students, librarians, and general readers, the AHA Guide to Historical Literature is essential for anyone who is serious about history.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This Guide is in a class all by itself. The third edition concentrates "on works published since 1961," when the second edition was published. Like its predecessors, it aims to list "the finest and most useful books and articles available in every field of historical scholarship," but this is a brand-new edition, not just an update. Entire subject areas no longer have their own separate sections (e.g., "History of Religion"), while others are new ("Science, Technology, Medicine"). Sections are generally much more detailed: U.S. history, for instance, moved from one 34-page section to six sections totaling 265 pages. The subject index provides excellent access to the material, and the annotations, averaging 30 words in length, are lucid. Though as in previous editions the Guide is often too general for the specialist, it is still invaluable for the nonspecialist. This superb new edition belongs in every library whose users want to identify the best historical scholarship.-Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
Booknews
**** The second edition (Macmillan, 1961) is cited in BCL3 and Sheehy. The third edition is entirely new and vastly improved, particularly remediating the Eurocentric bias of its predecessors. A guide to books and articles available in every field of historical scholarship, produced under the auspices of the American Historical Association. Some 27,000 entries, each with a brief critical annotation assessing its content, strengths, and accessibility, are arranged primarily by chronology and by national and regional history into 48 sections, ranging from prehistory to the present. Each section begins with an introduction that provides background information and contextual data on the subject category. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Zom Zoms
It has been 34 years since the last "Guide to Historical Literature" appeared, years that have seen significant developments in the field of history. The old guide, long a standard bibliography, has joined the ranks of those works rarely consulted because they are too dated for the purpose for which they were created. In this case the purpose was to guide the beginning researcher to the most significant literature on any historical topic. This new edition has been 10 years in the making, and it is worth the wait The new guide's 48 sections, covering the different areas of history, are each edited by a senior scholar in the field, with the assistance of additional scholars. In all, more than 400 historians were involved in the making of this work. Each section has an introduction that briefly summarizes developments and issues in that field. Then follow the bibliographic entries, nearly 27,000 in all by the publisher's count, each with brief signed annotations that vary between the purely descriptive and the evaluative. The entries are grouped into classification schemes within each section, often beginning with a list of reference works. In some cases this scheme is very detailed, while in other sections the editors have opted to use a small number of broad categories. An effort was made to avoid listing an item more than once, though there are a number of cross-references. Consequently, items of interest to a particular user may be listed in several places, and users will often need to browse the classification schemes, which are given at the head of each section, or use the remarkably detailed subject index, in itself nearly 300 pages in length. An author index and list of historical periodicals by field are also included Even with 27,000 entries, this is a selective bibliography and consequently aimed not at the advanced researcher, but at someone beginning research in a particular area. Works in English are strongly emphasized, though major titles in other languages do appear, particularly in French and German. Monographs also predominate over articles. The guide, however, is obviously aimed at fairly serious students and will be used to best advantage by advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, though an effort is made to include reputable popular treatments. Allied areas such as archaeology and the history of art, literature, and philosophy are covered, and an entire section is devoted to the history of science, technology, and medicine. Notable, of course, is the increased treatment over the second edition in areas of social and cultural history; the history of women, virtually unknown as a field in 1961, is well represented in nearly every section. Full sections on medieval and modern Jewish history, or on the history of Native Americans, would not have been possible in 1961 but are included here. There doubtless will be disagreements about what works are included or excluded, or about specific fields represented. But the new edition remains a splendid achievement and is sure to be heavily consulted for years to come. It is difficult to imagine an academic library without this title; medium-size to large public libraries will also want to seriously consider purchase.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195057270
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
2064
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.56(h) x 4.91(d)

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