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"All essays and short entries include brief guides to further reading. Each section further contains a chronology, a collection of maps, primary documents, and an appendix (this appendix typically provides information on ruling dynasties, but other topics, such as Chinese inventions or major island groups of Oceania are sometimes also included). A comprehensive and cumulative index is included in volume three."
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"For a quick overview of the different cultures, this set is simple to navigate and would be accessible for the undergraduate and general reader."
"What makes this excellent set so valuable are the topical essays, 8 to 10 pages in length, covering the history, religion, economy, arts, society, and science and technology in each area. Essays discussing 'Global Ties' do an outstanding job of showing how each region was connected to other parts of the world. Readers can easily make comparisons from one geographic area to another by looking at each of the corresponding topical essays. The short entries are generally one-half page to a full page in length and are best when discussing individual people or events. . . . The global nature of this encyclopedia sets it apart from other works on the medieval period. Because of its depth and breadth of coverage, it is recommended for high-school, college, and public libraries that need reference works on medieval history."
Booklist, Starred Review
"As a medievalist, it is difficult to find authoritative reference works on the Middle Ages that don't come across as 'just for scholars', or assume the reader already has a thorough understanding of that time period prior to their examination and perusal of the volume in question. This reference work, written for anyone interested in the Middle Ages (and not just from the Eurocentric perspective, but from a true global perspective), has been thoroughly researched and studied, and could be purchased for a junior high library as well as for an undergraduate research library. I intend to keep my review copy for perusal and reading by my daughter as she gets older, as it is an excellent exploration book for children wanting to know more information on medieval life and culture as an international phenomenon, and the connections between peoples that began during this time period, some of which continue up until the modern day time period."