The Encyclopedia of the Modern World: 1900 to the Present / Edition 2

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
A follow-up set to its predecessor The Facts on File Encyclopedia of the 20th Century (Facts on File, 1991), this encyclopedia valiantly strives to capture the multitude of political, social, and cultural changes that have occurred in the world during the last century. Short alphabetical entries provide dense capsules of information about the events, places, and people that have influenced the course of modern civilization. Terms and names within entries that are shown in all capital letters lead the reader to related entries. More lengthy entries on countries include a time line showing key historical dates and events. Each volume is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps, and the third volume includes a very brief bibliography and an index. Suggestions for further reading at the end of individual entries would have increased the usefulness of this set substantially; however, students and teachers in middle, junior, and high school classes will find the set helpful and easy to use to answer basic reference questions as well as for short overviews of various topics.
Library Journal

This second revised edition covering world history since 1900 (including leaders, diplomacy, explorers, inventions, government, conflicts, music, and literature) contains hundreds of new entries, for a total of more than 8000. It also includes more images than the first edition, expanding the set by one volume. But perhaps more at issue is the question of how this encyclopedia differs from alternative, commonly available ready-reference sources, e.g., The World Book Encyclopedia(rev. ed., 2006). The first obvious difference is that this work has a single editor, Keylor (director, International History Inst., Boston Univ.; The Twentieth Century World), who has been writing about the modern world for more than 30 years. Here, the majority of entries are biographical and relatively short, ranging in length from three paragraphs (e.g., on soccer star David Beckham) to six paragraphs (e.g., on Rwanda)—whereas the World Bookdelivers almost three times that on Rwanda. Black-and-white time lines, charts, and maps are sprinkled throughout. Conspicuously missing—since this is an "encyclopedia of the modern world"—is an entry on microwaves; no statement of scope explains this type of omission. Even more confusing are the cross references, for which there is no key: some terms are in boldface, while others are in roman text and all caps. Some boldface references turn out to be See references, whereas the less noticeable, all-caps references refer to full entries.
—Katherine Mossman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816048724
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Facts on File Library of World History
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1472
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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