Oxford Encyclopedia of World History

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With over 4,000 entries, arranged in a clear A-Z format, Encyclopedia of World History provides an unparalleled breadth and depth of information on events, figures, and concepts from prehistory right up to the present day.
From the megaliths and menhirs at Carnac and the mound-builders of the Mississippi to the conflict in East Timor and the fall of the Soviet Union, this superb volume covers every significant historical event and location. Alongside the major rulers, commanders, and politicians, many biographies are included for those whose ideas, inventions, and discoveries have shaped world history. The Encyclopedia also provides succinct outlines of the major historical and social movements and ideologies, explaining the ideas and phenomena which have "made history," including capitalism, fascism, human evolution, war, women's suffrage, and urbanization. Entries on each of the world's nation states provide in-depth analysis of its physical location and economic development, as well as a handy checklist of statistical data. Plus, the encyclopedia provides excellent coverage of present day leaders and world political situations. We learn, for example, about Binyamin Netanyahu's stance on Israeli security, the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the background to Kofi Annan's election as UN Secretary-General.
With a clear and extensive network of cross-references, 100 maps, portraits, and engravings depicting major historical events and personalities, Encyclopedia of World History provides the most authoritative, accessible, and comprehensive single-volume chronicle of the human past on the market today.

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This reference source was drawn from the two world history volumes of the multivolume Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia (Oxford, 1988). Articles were enlarged and updated, and new ones were added. The volume has approximately 4,000 brief entries arranged in an alphabetical format, covering prehistory to current events. There are many biographies of world leaders, such as Winston Churchill, and others important to the development of ideas, inventions, and discoveries, such as Aristotle, Einstein, and Magellan. There are histories of each country and a short table giving the country's capital, area in kilometers and square miles, population, currency, religions, ethnic groups, languages, and international organizations. These country profiles are generally quite current. Northern Ireland mentions the 1998 Good Friday agreement, and Cambodia mentions the 1998 death of Pol Pot. Appropriately placed throughout the text are 50 maps and 50 portraits, engravings, and tables. Rounding out the volume is a 27-page chronology of world events.

There are numerous single-volume works similar to Oxford Encyclopedia of World History. Three of the more recent are The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History (ABC-CLIO, 1993), Larousse Dictionary of World History [RBB N 1 94], and Macmillan Concise Dictionary of World History (Macmillan, 1983). The first work has 5,000 entries; 70 maps; many appendixes of leaders, organizations, and disasters; plus a world chronology. The second has 7,500 entries, 36 maps, 40 tables, and no illustrations. The last has 10,000 entries and no maps or illustrations. The Oxford volume has the advantage of containing current information, useful country facts, and illustrations. This well-organized and up-to-date book will be useful for ready reference in high-school, public, and academic libraries.

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Grade 9 Up-More than 4000 concise alphabetical entries, ranging from a paragraph to a half page in length, offer definitions, biographical information, country profiles (including statistical information), and discussions of world events and ideas from prehistory to today. Entry words in blue and cross-references in boldface type are easily identifiable. The chronology at the end of the book is especially valuable, offering brief descriptions of events in "Europe and the Mediterranean" and the "Rest of the World," and concurrent technological and cultural advances. The average-quality maps, illustrations, and reproductions are done in black and white or shades of blue a
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