Encyclopedia of Student and Youth Movements

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9780816033751: Encyclopedia of Student and Youth Movements
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Brief entries identify youth and student organizations around the world, as well as major protests, demonstrations, uprisings, and student political leaders.

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The most significant events, organizations, and people among student and youth movements, which had either a large impact during their time or influence afterwards, are the focus of this work. It covers groups and activities, across the globe and through the centuries, which have sought personal improvement, social progress, or political change. The author, a freelance writer and editor with a background in history and humanities, has written previous reference books.

The alphabetically arranged entries are all-encompassing, from early dissent in European universities to political upheaval in China and India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; from self-improvement clubs in England over the past century to revolts in Africa in the last half-century. As Burg states in his introduction, youth movements have had a variety of aims; among the entries to be found here are Black Panthers, Boy Scouts of America, Children's Crusade, Hare Krishna, Hell's Angels, and Red Guards.

Most entries are a paragraph long, which is sufficient; but greater detail is given when needed, such as two pages for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The information is accurate and the writing is lively, but it is not always clear if an earlier group is still active today. Cross-references are provided in capital letters. Each entry notes the nation immediately after the title, thus Gaulledet University Revolution (United States).

The four-page bibliography is wide-ranging, including items such as an article in an educational journal on student power in medieval universities and books on Puritanism and Arabic social movements. In a few instances, a source is cited at the end of an entry. The index is accurate, containing individuals, organizations, and events, but does not group all of the movements for a nation under the heading of the country. A user seeking all Japanese organizations or events would need to scan the entire work.

This is a wonderful resource for seeking specific information and browsing. While the author does not claim that it is exhaustive, but rather a beginning, many small groups are included. Most libraries should consider adding this moderately priced resource.

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