Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

Format:  Hardcover,

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Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

Publish Date: Mar 2001

ISBN-13: 9780684805610

ISBN-10: 0684805618

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Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
Publish Date: Mar 2001
ISBN-13: 9780684805610
ISBN-10: 0684805618
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 16.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.25 x 11.5 x 7.25


Review by Library Journal (2001-09-01)

In this unique encyclopedia, the editors do not attempt to cover or revise the social history topics treated in their complementary works on American history and life, especially the Encyclopedia of American Social History (LJ 6/1/93), an LJ Best Reference. Containing 221 essays, this encyclopedia includes a remarkable range of entries, including "Africa and America", "Jews", "Monuments and Memorials", "Architecture", "New York City", "Literary Reviews and Little Magazines", and "Libraries", to name only a few.

The editors explain that these eclectic essays fit into their broad definitions of both intellectual and cultural history. Each essay concludes with a bibliography listing both primary and secondary sources, and most include sidebars and/or illustrations. A chronology lists contemporaneous historical events as well as the cultural and intellectual accomplishments of that year or decade. An excellent introductory essay notes that even though many contributors a diverse group of academics and independent scholars may have demonstrated their own political or cultural biases, the essays still aim to be "fair and complete enough" to offer accurate representations of opposing viewpoints.

A random sampling of essays confirms their intentions. Finally, a subject, name, and title index in the last volume provides easy access to the contents. This work is highly recommended for students and researchers seeking an overview of major issues in American cultural and intellectual history. Libraries possessing earlier Scribner encyclopedias in this area should also obtain this set. The steep price, however, may limit purchase to large public and academic libraries. Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs.

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The Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History surveys the richly layered dimensions of American life in a format that clarifies the many issues, ideas, movements and places that constitute the American experience. How is the West defined as a cultural region? What did the notions of "secession" and "union" mean to Americans living in the 1860s? How does Disney pervade and influence perceptions about America today? In more than 200 articles written by scholars and enriched with illustrations, boxed biographies and documentary excerpts from primary sources, American thought and culture is thoroughly explored. The Encyclopedia covers not only historic periods such as the Colonial era and the Reagan era, but also looks at cultural groups such as the working class and cultural institutions and forms such as the university and cinema.

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