Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World

Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World

by Gale
     
 
Editor Dewald (U. of Buffalo, The State U. of New York) no doubt had plenty of help from associate editors and perhaps must share credit for the clarity of purpose and excellent execution of this reference project. The six volumes contain 1,125 articles arranged alphabetically. Entries include biographies, in-depth essays on major topics, and profiles of city-states,

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Editor Dewald (U. of Buffalo, The State U. of New York) no doubt had plenty of help from associate editors and perhaps must share credit for the clarity of purpose and excellent execution of this reference project. The six volumes contain 1,125 articles arranged alphabetically. Entries include biographies, in-depth essays on major topics, and profiles of city-states, empires, and geographical regions. The articles were written for a non-specialist audience in accessible, non-technical language; yet they do not condescend or over-simplify. Concise accounts of controversies and various interpretations of material from scholars with distinctive points of view enrich the presentations (we're spared the bland, neutral approach of a textbook). Entries are cross-referenced and contain both primary and secondary source bibliographies. Other features include a year-by-year chronology, a systematic outline of contents, 90 maps, a comprehensive index, 750 well-chosen b&w illustrations, and eight pages of color illustrations in each volume. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
In the tradition of Scribner's Dictionary of the Middle Ages, this colossal set explores the history of Europe's early modern period-which covers the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment-by going beyond Europe's borders and placing changes on the Continent within the context of world history. Coverage includes the development of all branches of knowledge, from art, literature, and philosophy to science, religion, and politics. Edited by historian Dewald (SUNY at Buffalo), the set contains 1,125 signed, alphabetically arranged entries, ranging in length from two to six pages and including bibliographies. Over 750 black-and-white illustrations and 90 archival maps complement the text, and each volume features an eight-page color insert. A detailed chronology of the early modern period is included in the first volume, while an extensive index in the last volume rounds out the set and makes it easy to use. In addition, the work provides over 450 biographies of prominent figures. Gale's Encyclopedia of World Biography and Dictionary of World Biography both include more biographical entries, but this set places them in the broader historical context. A good if pricey choice for libraries looking for a source that covers major historical trends as well as prominent players of this important time in European and world history.-Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. P.L., Edina, MN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684312002
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/19/2003
Edition description:
Six Volume Set
Pages:
3200
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.28(d)

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