Historical Dictionary of the Cold War

Historical Dictionary of the Cold War

by Joseph Smith, Simon Davis
     
 

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Covering an extensive period and much of the globe, this dictionary presents a year-by-year chronology and alphabetical entries on civilian and military leaders, crucial countries and peripheral conflicts, the increasingly lethal weapons systems, and the various political and military strategies.See more details below

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Covering an extensive period and much of the globe, this dictionary presents a year-by-year chronology and alphabetical entries on civilian and military leaders, crucial countries and peripheral conflicts, the increasingly lethal weapons systems, and the various political and military strategies.

Editorial Reviews

The Journal Of Military History
The definitions are succinct and precise....a lucid, twenty-five page history of the Cold War.
American Reference Books Annual
Entries are intelligent, well written, and interesting.
History
...an excellent dictionary of the cold war which will be of use not merely to undergraduates but also to more seasoned observers.
Journal Of Strategic Studies
A first stop reference book for the Cold War.
CHOICE
Articles are...objective and accurate...Nevertheless, undergraduates should find this a useful source on the military and political facets of the Cold War.
The Journal of Military History
The definitions are succinct and precise....a lucid, twenty-five page history of the Cold War.
Choice
Articles are...objective and accurate...Nevertheless, undergraduates should find this a useful source on the military and political facets of the Cold War.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Entries are intelligent, well written, and interesting.
Journal of Strategic Studies
A first stop reference book for the Cold War.
Library Journal
The dangerous Cold War era (1945-91) was one of immense political, cultural, and historical significance. Smith (American diplomatic history, Exeter Univ., U.K.; The Cold War: 1945-1991) and Davis (history, Bronx Community Coll.) provide medium-length to long entries about the important people, organizations, treaties, and events of this period. Persons new to the subject are invited to read the 27-page introduction for a narrative history of the period's main themes and events. The layout and writing of this material make it easy to read, and numerous cross references are embedded in the text of each entry. The book contains a long chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, and a good 33-page bibliography. There are, however, no photographs, maps, or index. Other recent reference works in this field include The Cold War, 1945-1991, edited by Benjamin Frankel (Gale, 1992), Thomas S. Arms's Encyclopedia of the Cold War (LJ 11/15/94), and Thomas Parrish's The Cold War Encyclopedia (LJ 12/1/95). Not surprisingly, The Historical Dictionary has some newer information than these books, which nevertheless have more entries that are more in-depth. The dictionary is a nice complement, but if you have these other books, you can survive without it. It is suitable, however, for all reference collections that do not have comparable resources.--Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810837096
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest Series, #15
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.93(d)

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