American Revolutionary War: A Student Encyclopedia

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Based on the latest information, American Revolutionary War: A Student Encyclopedia is designed specifically to engage its student audience while addressing all core topics in the standard curriculum. Ranging from the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 to the ratification of the Constitution in 1789, it provides essential information for understanding the drive to independence, the day-to-day course of the war, and the nation that emerged from it.

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Overview

Based on the latest information, American Revolutionary War: A Student Encyclopedia is designed specifically to engage its student audience while addressing all core topics in the standard curriculum. Ranging from the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 to the ratification of the Constitution in 1789, it provides essential information for understanding the drive to independence, the day-to-day course of the war, and the nation that emerged from it.

With over 1,200 entries and essays and a separate documents volume, American Revolutionary War covers every battle and campaign, every political debate and diplomatic encounter. It also introduces students to the broad spectrum of American culture at the time (day-to-day life, art, music) as well as the personal lives of all those caught up in the war. The standards-satisfying content, inviting design, wealth of illustrations and maps, and special resource section for young researchers, will contribute to better homework, special projects, and test preparation for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"American Revolutionary War will be most useful for high school and public libraries."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"The Student Encyclopedia should become a standard source for high schools and colleges, as well as for those public libraries with a student clientele or patrons with a penchant for history."

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"Overall, the articles are well written, well researched, and informative, and provide a balanced view of the war. … The main draws of the student edition are more readable format and the increased and varied visual content, including tables, maps, and illustrations. … [ American Revolutionary War: A Student Encyclopedia] is only recommended for school libraries that would greatly benefit from the additional visual materials. The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War is recommended for all libraries."

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Library Journal

"Overall, the student version of the encyclopedia is a little different than the main encyclopedia. In addition to having fewer entries and a more open-looking design, it offers a student-centered resource area containing a categorical index, a list of preapproved scholarly websites, and a brief section on how to conduct effective historical research, including the use of primary sources and maps."

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Booklist

"This new encyclopedia is destined to become the standard reference on the American Revolution. … High school libraries will want to give serious consideration to the student edition of this work."

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Against the Grain

VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
Designed specifically for high school and college reference use, this hefty set provides well-indexed access to more than eight hundred authoritative articles that critically examine the lives and contributions of key resistance and revolutionary figures, critical events, campaigns, battles, and processes that transformed the original colonies into republican states. Covering the time frame from the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 to the ratification of the Constitution in 1789, the set provides a wealth of material to help students think critically about the nation's quest for independence. Contributors from the United States, Great Britain, and France provide students with multiple perspectives on the war and the times in which it occurred. More than five hundred illustrations, including drawings, paintings, and portraits, accompany the articles. The first volume offers two lengthy essays covering the origins of the American Revolution as well as the military operations that occurred during the war. The following alphabetically arranged entries provide "see also" suggestions as well as additional references. Each volume contains lists of maps, general maps, and maps within entries. Particularly useful is the full volume of primary sources (e.g., Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and various speeches and legislation) as well as a student-centered resource area featuring a general and categorical index; a "How to Use" section explaining the interpretation of maps, charts, and graphs; a glossary; a lengthy bibliography; and a list of Web sites for further research.
Library Journal
Both of these multivolume encyclopedias focus exclusively on 1763 (the end of the French and Indian War) to 1789 (the ratification of the U.S. Constitution) and are edited by professional writer Fremont-Barnes (Wars of the Barbary Pirates) and historian Ryerson (director, David Lib. of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA). Both also contain an independent volume of primary source documents relevant to the period, e.g., battlefield reports, resolutions, newspaper articles, and letters; each document is accompanied by a brief introduction from the editors. The 1000-plus, signed A-to-Z entries in The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War-which cover the social, political, and cultural antecedents leading up to the Revolution, the war itself, and the immediate aftermath-include cross references and a bibliography. Most run from short (less than a page) and obscure (e.g., "Basking Ridge, NJ, Action at") to several illustrated pages long, with most ranging from one to two pages. The contributors are mostly university faculty (the publisher's claim of the set being a "truly international work" is somewhat misleading, as most of the contributors are from the United States). The reading level is appropriate for scholastic and college-level students needing an introduction to the key events of the Revolution. Overall, the articles are well written, well researched, and informative and provide a balanced view of the war. For example, the entry on George Washington, while noting his significant accomplishments, examines his deficiencies as a commander in chief as well. Written by contributors from the United States, Great Britain, and France, the student edition has fewer entries (approximately 800), a more readable format, and more tables, graphics, and illustrations than does The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War. Otherwise, the two are essentially the same. Some entries, like that for the British Army, have been edited. Less well-known events and figures, e.g., "Raid on Falmouth, Maine," are not included here. The main draws of the student edition are the more readable format and the increased and varied visual content, including tables (e.g., listing the major Acts of Parliament during the Revolution), maps, and illustrations. Bottom Line One unique aspect of the two works is their comprehensive coverage of a fairly short time span; most other encyclopedias on this topic, e.g., Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History (Scribner, 2006), cover a broader period (1754-1829) in fewer pages and/or volumes. The student edition is only recommended for school libraries that would greatly benefit from the additional visual materials; The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War is recommended for all libraries. [Both titles are available as e-books: ISBN 1-85109-840-2; ISBN 1-85109-413-X.-Ed.]-Robert Flatley, Kutztown Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851098392
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 2548
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 7.50 (d)

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