Encyclopedia of Historical Treaties and Alliances (Facts on File Library of World History)

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Entries provide information on treaties and agreements, including their signatories, summary of their terms, and historical context and significance in the areas of war, the environment, human rights, and trade.

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Alan Axelrod PhD is the author or co-author of numerous books, including the Encyclopedia of the American West, Patton on Leadership, Facts On File's Dictators and Tyrants, and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Wars. Charles L. Phillips is the author or co-author of numerous works on history and culture, including My Brother's Face: Portraits of the Civil War, What Every American Should Know About American History, and Encyclopedia of Wars (forthcoming from Facts On File).

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Arthur Ponsonby's classic Wars and Treaties, 1815-1914 (1918) was updated by Erik Goldstein's Wars and Peace Treaties: 1816-1991 (1992), and both did admirable jobs of covering many formal treaties through most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Now comes Facts On File's compilation of information about the times and events that resulted in significant attempts to formalize political tolerance from 3100 B.C. to 1997. The authors do not claim comprehensiveness and did not try to produce a work that will be updated every few years. They have selected "most major" treaties and representative types of agreements that illustrate trends in political negotiations to provide a work "of enduring value" to students.

As shown in the table of contents, the set combines a chronological and a conceptual arrangement so that readers can analyze agreements, understandings, and treaties that evolved during and affected, for example, "The Birth of Diplomacy" in the seventeenth century or the period of the cold war. An alphabetical list of treaties and cross-references provide additional points of access. Other features include a chronological list of treaties near the end of volume 2, along with a substantial bibliography to suggest further readings.

Each chapter begins with an introduction that discusses international relationships during the period under review. Each treaty entry provides a summary, a history of events leading to the document's creation, terms of the treaty, and its significant consequences. All or parts of a document are reproduced when warranted. The index in volume 2 denotes texts of documents in bold type. A welcome feature is the splitting of the material into two volumes, resulting in items that are comfortable to handle and likely to survive shelving and reshelving better than overly bulky tomes.

Someone interested in any of these documents individually can find the information elsewhere. Anyone who wants to put these documents in perspective will find this set a wonderful resource. And any library serving history researchers that lacks either of the titles mentioned in the first paragraph definitely needs this source. American Treaties and Alliances [RBB N 1 00], also by Axelrod, uses a similar approach but focuses on more than 700 agreements to which the U.S. is a signatory. RBB
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