American Military History: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

In this companion volume to his 1995 bibliography of the same title, Daniel Blewett continues his foray into the vast literature of military studies. As did its predecessor, it covers land, air, and naval forces, primarily but not exclusively from a U.S. perspective, with the welcome emergence of small wars from publishing obscurity. In addition to identifying relevant organizations and associations, Blewett has gathered together the very best in chronologies, bibliographies, biographical dictionaries, indexes, journals abstracts, glossaries, and encyclopedias, each accompanied by a brief descriptive annotation.

This work remains a pertinent addition to the general reference collections of public and academic libraries as well as special libraries, government documents collections, military and intelligence agency libraries, and historical societies and museums.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Overall, this work is simply superb and is highly recommended, especially for libraries with large military affairs collections."

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ARBA

"Reference librarian Blewett (DuPage Coll.) compiles a valuable bibliography of American military reference guides, focusing not on subject-specific books, military biographies, and subject monographs, but on general resources like almanacs, chronologies, and encyclopedias. The bibliographic listings are extremely practical for researchers, as are the single-paragraph exegeses, which permit rapid culling of irrelevant material. Bibliographic information is divided into 23 thematically focused, chronologically organized chapters.'

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Library Journal

"Blewett (reference librarian, College of DuPage) offers a second edition of his extensive reference on American military history, primarily from a U.S. perspective. In addition to general reference sources, the author also provides specific sources for major American military engagements and activities, from the Colonial period and the American Revolution to the Persian Gulf War and the Post-Cold War era. Sources also are provided for a range of related topics, such as arms control and disarmament and terrorism. The references listed include bibliographies, chronologies, biographical dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, and journals."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Bearing the same title as the earlier work and also arranged largely chronologically by war and postwar

interregnums, the volume's stated emphasis is on the numerous materials appearing since it last went to print. But

since it includes many essential earlier items as well, libraries may choose to purchase this edition, which is appreciably

longer, as a competent stand-alone volume. Annotations to the sources, while generally brief, are considerable in

number. The text is basic, often evaluative as well as descriptive. It addresses best the needs of beginning

researchers at the undergraduate level, although others can use this book profitably."

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Choice

"…a very good source for American military research…Recommended for all libraries."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

Library Journal

Reference librarian Blewett (DuPage Coll.) compiles a valuable bibliography of American military reference guides, focusing not on subject-specific books, military biographies, and subject monographs, but on general resources like almanacs, chronologies, and encyclopedias. The bibliographic listings are extremely practical for researchers, as are the single-paragraph exegeses, which permit rapid culling of irrelevant material. Bibliographic information is divided into 23 thematically focused, chronologically organized chapters.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
Zom Zoms
Blewett is bibliographer for history and political science at Loyola University, Chicago, and has written numerous articles on the bibliography of military history. This guide covers all branches of the military services from the colonial period through the Persian Gulf War. Coverage is restricted to books in English. The 1,284 entries for such works as atlases, biographical sources, chronologies, encyclopedias, government publications, and statistics are divided into 23 chapters. After a general section, chapters are arranged chronologically by war or period. In addition, nine chapters are devoted to specialized topics (e.g., arms control, terrorism, electronic sources, organizations and associations, journals) A typical entry includes full bibliographic information, including price. Approximately 60 percent of the entries are annotated. Included within annotations are many citations to similar works, all of which also have full bibliographic information. Annotations vary in length from a couple of sentences to half a page. Unannotated entries are usually grouped under the category "Other Related Titles" toward the end of chapters. An appendix showing the Dewey Decimal, LC, and Superintendent of Documents Classification systems is followed by a 52-page author-title index and a 10-page subject index. One inconsistency is that books mentioned within annotations are indexed only by title in the author-title index There are a plethora of bibliographies on U.S. military history. The most comprehensive is "A Guide to the Sources of United States Military History" by Higham (Archon, 197593). This excellent book and its three supplements have bibliographic essays written by experts citing hundreds of monographic and periodical references in each volume. Similar is the "Reference Guide to United States Military History" by Shrader (Facts On File, 199195). This five-volume work has outstanding essays, biographical information, illustrations, and citations to many monographs. In contrast, "American Military History" is more limited in scope, covering only reference tools. However, it is current, with entries for many electronic sources and new reference books. It should be considered for acquisition by all academic and public libraries with an interest in military history.
Booknews
Blewett tackles the massive array of reference tools in the field of US military history, providing an annotated bibliography that covers major American armed conflicts. The volume begins with general military history reference sources, followed by successive chapters on specific military eras. Other chapters cover arms control and disarmament, terrorism, intelligence, historiography, electronic information sources, library archives, museums, organizations and associations, and journals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

Meet the Author

DANIEL K. BLEWETT is a Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage Library, Glen Ellyn IL.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Abbreviations

Chapter 1: General Military History Reference Sources

Chapter 2: The Colonial Period

Chapter 3: The American Revolution

Chapter 4: The War of 1812

Chapter 5: The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848

Chapter 6: The American Civil War, 1861-1865

Chapter 7: The Post-Civil War Era, 1865-1898

Chapter 8: The Spanish-American War, 1898-1899

Chapter 9: The First World War, 1914-1918

Chapter 10: The Second World War, 1939-1945

Chapter 11: The Korean War, 1950-1953

Chapter 12: The Vietnam War, 1964-1975

Chapter 13: The Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991

Chapter 14: The Cold War, 1940-1990

Chapter 15: The Post-Cold War Era, 1991-

Chapter 16: Arms Control and Disarmament

Chapter 17: Terrorism

Chapter 18: Intelligence and Espionage

Chapter 19: Historiography

Chapter 20: Electronic Information Resources

Chapter 21: Libraries and Archives

Chapter 22: Organizations and Associations

Chapter 23: Journals

Appendix

Author/Title Index

Subject Index

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