The Greenwood Dictionary Of World History
  • The Greenwood Dictionary Of World History
  • The Greenwood Dictionary Of World History

The Greenwood Dictionary Of World History

by John Butt
     
 

The Greenwood Dictionary of World History is an indispensable, handy, and easy to use A-to-Z first-stop ready-reference resource providing essential information on over 2,000 of the most studied and important people, events, places, and ideas in world history from prehistoric to modern times, from all regions and epochs.

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The Greenwood Dictionary of World History is an indispensable, handy, and easy to use A-to-Z first-stop ready-reference resource providing essential information on over 2,000 of the most studied and important people, events, places, and ideas in world history from prehistoric to modern times, from all regions and epochs.

Selection of entries—which are truly global in their range—was based on the guidelines and recommendations of organizations and agencies such as the National Council for History Education, the National Center for History in the Schools, the World History Association, the College Board World History Advanced Placement Test, and many of the state standards for history education. The content of the entries has been kept brief and concise to provide a definition or fundamental facts.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Butt offers concise factual snapshots of important milestones and major contributions to world history, and defines aspects of various cultures. This volume was created in conjunction with educational standards for history education set by the National Council for History Education, the National Center for History in the Schools, the World History Association, and the College Board World History Advanced Placement Test, among others. With more than 2,000 A-Z entries and over 50 pages of world maps denoting trade routes and historical eras and entries that include cultural and war definitions (e.g., foot binding, Iraq War), this dictionary is meant to support the history curriculum of any high school or undergraduate world history course. Topical lists of entries help users pinpoint a particular region or era. A small section of suggested Web sites is included….[a]n excellent source for high school and first-year college students and those with a general interest in world history. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers." - Choice

"More than 2000 cross-referenced A-to-Z entries offer brief definitions or explanations of world religions, scientific events, wars, military leaders, inventions, discoveries, and more from prehistoric to modern times and are indexed by region, period, and theme; the bibliography with each entry relates to the entry's subject. Entries range from Aachen, Charlemagne's capital, to noted Swiss reformer Zwingli. There is an emphasis on Middle Eastern, Asian, African, and Latin American history. In comparison to the Oxford Dictionary of World History, this eclectic title contains a clearer, easier-to-read format, larger maps (70 in all), web sites, and other updated features….[d]esigned to be consulted for small bits of information or in answering quick questions-this could be considered a useful complement to more comprehensive works and would serve well as a cost-effective starting place for young searchers, encouraging continued exploration on their topics. Recommended for middle and high school libraries and smaller public libraries." - Library Journal

"What is truly impressive is the sheer scope and scale of the Dictionary's international coverage… [A] decidedly useful work of reference for libraries on both sides of the Atlantic." - Reference Reviews

"This solid, accessible book is global in range, spanning prehistory to the present day. Its clear, pithy text provides good introductions and/or fine refreshers on diverse topics that might be of use to students rather than encyclopedic coverage. Inclusion criteria were based on various history education standards and Advanced Placement test guidelines." - School Library Journal

"The information is accurate and current. A list of history Web sites is helpful, and the bibliography at the end of the volume includes very recent publications. The accurate index furthers the overall helpfulness of this volume….[i]ts strengths in topics beyond U.S. history and the fact that is was developed on widely accepted guidelines makes it especially valuable for students, teachers, and librarians as an initial reference source. An approachable, one-stop resource for students needing a quick definition." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

Library Journal
This one-volume resource targeting middle and high school students was compiled by Butt (history, James Madison Univ.; Daily Life in the Age of Charlemagne) under a set of guidelines and recommendations from organizations including the National Council for History Education. More than 2000 cross-referenced A-to-Z entries offer brief definitions or explanations of world religions, scientific events, wars, military leaders, inventions, discoveries, and more from prehistoric to modern times and are indexed by region, period, and theme; the bibliography with each entry relates to the entry's subject. Entries range from "Aachen," Charlemagne's capital, to noted Swiss reformer "Zwingli." There is an emphasis on Middle Eastern, Asian, African, and Latin American history. In comparison to the Oxford Dictionary of World History (Market House, 2000), this eclectic title contains a clearer, easier-to-read format, larger maps (70 in all), web sites, and other updated features. But it is curious that some noteworthy figures, such as Lyndon B. Johnson, have rather lengthy entries, while others, such as George W. Bush and Ayatollah Khomeini, receive less attention. Bottom Line Although a limited research tool-designed to be consulted for small bits of information or in answering quick questions-this could be considered a useful complement to more comprehensive works and would serve well as a cost-effective starting place for young searchers, encouraging continued exploration on their topics. Recommended for middle and high school libraries and smaller public libraries.-Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313327650
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2005
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Meet the Author

John J. Butt is Professor of History at James Madison University, where he teaches Global history, British, Medieval, and Early Modern European history. His research interests include 16th- and 17th- century developments in agriculture and botany. He is author of Daily Life in the Age of Charlemagne (2002). Dr. Butt is also Director of Honors Study Abroad at Oxford University and the University of St. Andrews.

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