|Publish Date:||Apr 2010|
|Number of Pages:||4000|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||23.6|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||9.2 x 9.7 x 11.8|
An impressive work remarkable for its breath and scope, this encyclopedia covers U.S. political history chronologically from the year 1500 to the present day. General editor Johnston (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago) has delegated each volume to a different scholar specializing in a particular time period; therefore, each has a distinct introduction dedicated to the political trends and developments of the era in question (e.g., Vol. 1, Colonial Beginnings Through Revolution; Vol.
3, Expansion, Division, and Reconstruction, 1841 to 1877; Vol. 6, Postwar Consensus to Social Unrest, 1946 to 1975). There are 100-110 signed entries per volume-each ranging from one to seven pages-that provide solid political and historical analyses written by reputable scholars as well as related entries and further reading lists. The "List of Entries by Volume" section is helpful, and the distinctive "Reader's Guide" presents subject categories that bridge volumes and eras, such as "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties", "Congress and Legislation", "Elections and Electoral Politics". These subject categories show the cumulative changes that have taken place throughout U.S. political history, such as those affecting the place of women, African Americans, and other ethnic minorities.
BOTTOM LINE Written in a vivid and accessible yet scholarly manner, this wonderful synthesis of history and political science will greatly benefit students, lovers of political history, and academics alike. Although the cost may be prohibitive for smaller institutions, this work is more comprehensive than The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
-Kam W. Teo, Weyburn P.L., Sask.
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