Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions / Edition 2

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This encyclopedia contains individual histories of each of the nearly 100 World's Fairs and expositions held in more than 20 countries since 1851. This is a thorough revision and updating of the book originally published as A Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions in 1990. The new entries include essays on the world's fairs to be held in Zaragoza, Spain, in 2008 and in Shanghai, China, in 2010. Many of the original essays have been revised and expanded. Topics covered include goods, tourism, nationalistic competition, architecture, art and culture, and "exhibition fatigue."

Each fair history has its own annotated bibliography which provides, when possible, the location of relevant primary sources and comments on the quality of secondary sources. Appendices cover the Bureau of International Expositions, fair statistics, fair officials, fairs that did not qualify for inclusion, and fairs that were planned but never held. The book includes a foreword (and appendix) by Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, the secretary general of the Bureau of International Expositions.

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well written...excellent...recommended
Library Journal
highly detailed...excellent period illustrations...recommended
Library Journal

For this update to the 1990 edition, Findling and Pelle (coauthors, Fair America) bring together the work of nearly 75 field scholars, who recount details of the 100 international fairs and expositions mounted since 1851. Organized by date and location, entries are fully revised, highly detailed, multipage essays describing examples of commerce, culture, and nationalist competitions. Also included are entries for the September 2008 Fair in Zaragoza, Spain, and the 2010 Shanghai Exposition. Excellent period illustrations appear throughout the book. Recommended for history collections.

—Savannah Schroll Guz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434169
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/3/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 1,310,981
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. Findling is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Southeast. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Kimberly D. Pelle is director of the Adult Student Center at Indiana University Southeast. She lives in New Albany, Indiana.

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