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Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History
     

Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History

by James Ciment
 

From the outbreak of the Cold War to the rise of the United States as the last remaining superpower, the years following World War II were filled with momentous events and rapid change. Diplomatically, economically, politically, and culturally, the United States became a major influence around the globe. On the domestic front, this period witnessed some of the most

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From the outbreak of the Cold War to the rise of the United States as the last remaining superpower, the years following World War II were filled with momentous events and rapid change. Diplomatically, economically, politically, and culturally, the United States became a major influence around the globe. On the domestic front, this period witnessed some of the most turbulent and prosperous years in American history. "Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History" provides detailed coverage of all the remarkable developments within the United States during this period, as well as their dramatic impact on the rest of the world. A-Z entries address specific persons, groups, concepts, events, geographical locations, organizations, and cultural and technological phenomena. Sidebars highlight primary source materials, items of special interest, statistical data, and other information; and Cultural Landmark entries chronologically detail the music, literature, arts, and cultural history of the era. Bibliographies covering literature from the postwar era and about the era are also included, as are illustrations and specialized indexes.

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A wide range of events and issues from 1945 to the present is covered in this set. The 550 alphabetically arranged articles are well organized and will be accessible to readers who have little background on the topics. Short entries such as "Family Leave Act" cover a single page, while more comprehensive treatments of topics such as "Media and Politics" fill as many as 10 pages, providing clear views of how complex issues evolve over time. Many entries highlight one specific aspect of a subject in a sidebar: an "Agent Orange" feature in "Vietnam War" is an example. The "Topic Finder" that opens each volume groups related articles under 13 general headings, a useful tool for report writers. "Health and Medicine," for instance, lists over 40 topics related to the broader area. Cross-references further reinforce the interconnectedness of many events of the era. There are no biographical entries, but individuals are accessible through a separate index in the final volume, which also includes a geographical index. Controversial subjects receive balanced treatment, with summaries of opposing viewpoints rather than in-depth debate. Articles on the social impact of popular-culture topics, including movies, music, and sports, may appeal to report writers less interested in traditional subject matter. Captioned black-and-white photos accompany many articles, but the overall emphasis is more on the text, which succeeds in covering a complicated era in a style and format that is both useful and engaging.
—Steven EngelfriedCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765680679
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Pages:
2008
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.50(h) x 5.20(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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