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A dictionary of twentieth-century world history
Palmowski, Jan.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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viii, 693 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
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D419 .P32 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Authoritative and up-to-date, A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century World History provides in-depth coverage of the major historical figures and events of this century. Over 2,500 entries span political, diplomatic, and military history as well as offering both fact and analysis of these areas. Author Jan Palmowski combines full international coverage with detailed entries for every country in the world.
Some of the special features of this volume are the biographies of such world leaders as Stalin, Kennedy, Thatcher, Yeltsin, Mandela, Rabin, and Netanyahu and the coverage of political events and movements from the rise and demise of communism to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and from the end of apartheid to the Whitewater scandal. Key battles are highlighted from Yprès to the Gulf War campaign to the Bosnian Civil War and events such as the Chernobyl disaster. Comprehensive attention is paid to major treaties and political agreements from Versailles to Maastricht, and from the Anglo-Irish Agreement to the Dayton Accords. Useful tables including lists of office-holders for countries and organizations and winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are also provided.
A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century World History is an invaluable reference work for student, teachers, and anyone with an interest in the major figures and events of our modern world.

Author Notes

About the Author:
Jan Palmowski is Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Palmowski gives concise, current information on events, people, ideas, and movements of the 20th century. Making the coverage genuinely global and choosing entries as comprehensive as possible were the two key criteria used in selecting entries. African, Latin American, and Asian countries are fully covered, which makes this dictionary unique. Special attention is given to forms of names; cross-references are extensive. Of particular interest are the entries for states of the former Soviet Union and countries in Africa. These entities and name changes are sometimes hard to follow, and the dictionary does a nice job of tracing their history as well as their current affairs. The book includes tables and maps useful for scholars. Although other dictionaries of world history are available (e.g., Larousse, Hutchinson, Chambers, Macmillan), this one's emphasis on the 20th century makes it particularly valuable for academic researchers. Highly recommended. D. Seaman; Baylor University