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Encyclopedia of student and youth movements
Burg, David F.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1998]

Physical Description:
xvi, 254 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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LA186 .B87 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Encyclopedia of Student and Youth Movements covers groupings of all kinds and their purposes, from the founding of the first Western universities in the Middle Ages to the present day.

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Booklist Review

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.

Choice Review

The historic precedents for youth movements date back to the Childrens' Crusades and similar movements. Burg, author of The Great Depression: An Eyewitness History (1996), provides an encyclopedia about youth and student movements from early history to the present. He warns that his book is not all-inclusive but a reference work treating groups and movements for people between the ages of 12 and 24 whose work has made a significant difference in their society or country. Included are religious, political, and social groups. Some are groups created for young people by adults (e.g., Boy Scouts of America, Girl Guides), others have had a long history (Young Women's Christian Association) or have had a short but influential life (Gallaudet University Revolution). There are entries for individuals (e.g., Eldridge Cleaver and Wang Dan, leader of the Chinese Democracy Movement). Entries are well written and informative, and some include bibliographies. An informative encyclopedia for public and academic libraries. G. Wood; SUNY College at Cortland