Encyclopedia of Conflicts since World War II

Encyclopedia of Conflicts since World War II

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by James Ciment, Kenneth Hill
     
 

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Discusses the roots of war, various alliances and summit meetings meant to forestall conflict, and the background and events connected with numerous specific conflicts in the second half of the twentieth century. See more details below

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Discusses the roots of war, various alliances and summit meetings meant to forestall conflict, and the background and events connected with numerous specific conflicts in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Library Journal
Since the end of World War II, there has hardly been a year without revolutions, civil war, uprisings, ethnic cleansings, etc. This new illustrated, four-volume encyclopedia researches 172 recent and significant post-World War II conflicts. Ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the text is divided into three sections: introductory essays on the causes of conflict, descriptions of various diplomatic efforts, and a discussion of conflicts that changed the course of late 20th-century history. Each entry provides the reader with an understanding of what happened, where and why it happened, who the belligerents were, and what (if any) were the objectives and resolutions. This work fills a critical need for a clear, in-depth explanation of recent events, though a few smaller incidents and, of course, Kosovo are missing. It would be convenient if the next edition were in loose-leaf form so the reader could add new pages as the wars go on. A work that should be in every larger public and university library.--Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This well-organized set covers events from the end of World War II to 1998. Volume one begins with three introductory chapters that put the conflicts into a broader context. The clearly written articles that follow range from 5 to 10 pages in length and begin with dates, type of conflict, a map, and an introduction that provides historical background. Although the issues surrounding these events are often complex, the authors have done a good job of clarifying them. Two of the three appendixes-the thumbnail biographies and the glossary of political and military terms, organizations, and operations-will be useful for answering quick reference questions. While there is no obvious bias in the writing, occasional statements are not substantiated, e.g., the suggestions that Serbs fled Kosovo in the 1980s because of the high Albanian birthrates and the fact that they "...did not like having to learn Albanian...." Numerous black-and-white photographs accompany the text. While there are other books on this topic, this volume provides the most comprehensive treatment of the period.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This four-volume set covers 142 major international and civil conflicts that have occurred since the end of World War II. It provides students with an understanding of what happened and why, who the players were, and how the conflict was resolved or why it continues. Entries are arranged alphabetically and are divided into three sections: the major types of conflicts and the underlying causes of war; how various countries, regions, blocs of geographically and ideologically united or culturally related nations, or the international community as a whole, have dealt with threats to security; and conflicts. A map and brief chronology of important events further illuminate facts surrounding each conflict. Volume IV contains the general index as well as biographical, organizational name, and geographical indexes. Contains b&w photographs and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781579581817
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Pages:
1428
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 3.50(d)

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