Gale Encyclopedia of U. S. History: War

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Library Journal

With their scope, depth, and breadth consistent with high school media center collections, these two-volume sets attempt to balance the biographical, political, geographical, military, social, legal, and economic aspects of U.S. and world history in a clear and concise manner. Each contains approximately 400 A-to-Z entries, including subject entries and biographies that average about 1000 words in length, as well as 300-plus images, maps, further reading lists, and an index. Each set starts off with an introduction that consists of a reader's guide, glossary, and chronology. The clean, crisp images accompanying the text in all volumes provide a lens into the time periods covered in each set.
—Marianne E. Giltrud

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

The 11 chapters in Government cover the period between the 15th century and today. Chapters detail "How They Were Governed," discussing such entries as Jamestown and Ellis Island; biographies of key political figures; political parties and key issues; events and social movements that influenced American politics; and legislation and court cases that had a role in the formation of the government. War examines the country's military history, beginning with the conflicts with Native Americans in the 1600s and ending with today's war in Iraq. Each chapter provides a brief overview of one major conflict, its causes, biographies of major figures, key battles, impact on the home front and nonmilitary events at home, the war in an international context, and its aftermath. The 16 chapters range from 20 to 80 pages in length. Authors discuss both positive and negative aspects of history. For example, the chapter on the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq provides not only political rationales, but also information about the protests and the antiwar movement. Each set is enhanced by black-and-white photos and illustrations. Both have a clear, concise, and logical format and will be useful for classroom assignments or informative reading.-Geneva Reeder, Lower Dauphin Middle School, Hummelstown, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414431147
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Gale Encyclopedia of U. S. History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 900
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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