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Encyclopedia of world history
Market House Books Ltd.
[First edition].
Publication Information:
Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
vii, 775 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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With over 4,000 entries, arranged in a clear A-Z format, Encyclopedia of World History provides an unparalleled breadth and depth of information on events, figures, and concepts from prehistory right up to the present day.
From the megaliths and menhirs at Carnac and the mound-builders of the Mississippi to the conflict in East Timor and the fall of the Soviet Union, this superb volume covers every significant historical event and location. Alongside the major rulers, commanders, and politicians, many biographies are included for those whose ideas, inventions, and discoveries have shaped world history. The Encyclopedia also provides succinct outlines of the major historical and social movements and ideologies, explaining the ideas and phenomena which have "made history," including capitalism, fascism, human evolution, war, women's suffrage, and urbanization. Entries on each of the world's nation states provide in-depth analysis of its physical location and economic development, as well as a handy checklist of statistical data. Plus, the encyclopedia provides excellent coverage of present day leaders and world political situations. We learn, for example, about Binyamin Netanyahu's stance on Israeli security, the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the background to Kofi Annan's election as UN Secretary-General.
With a clear and extensive network of cross-references, 100 maps, portraits, and engravings depicting major historical events and personalities, Encyclopedia of World History provides the most authoritative, accessible, and comprehensive single-volume chronicle of the human past on the market today.

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Booklist Review

This reference source was drawn from the two world history volumes of the multivolume Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia (Oxford, 1988). Articles were enlarged and updated, and new ones were added. The volume has approximately 4,000 brief entries arranged in an alphabetical format, covering prehistory to current events. There are many biographies of world leaders, such as Winston Churchill, and others important to the development of ideas, inventions, and discoveries, such as Aristotle, Einstein, and Magellan. There are histories of each country and a short table giving the country's capital, area in kilometers and square miles, population, currency, religions, ethnic groups, languages, and international organizations. These country profiles are generally quite current. Northern Ireland mentions the 1998 Good Friday agreement, and Cambodia mentions the 1998 death of Pol Pot. Appropriately placed throughout the text are 50 maps and 50 portraits, engravings, and tables. Rounding out the volume is a 27-page chronology of world events. There are numerous single-volume works similar to Oxford Encyclopedia of World History. Three of the more recent are The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History (ABC-CLIO, 1993), Larousse Dictionary of World History [RBB N 1 94], and Macmillan Concise Dictionary of World History (Macmillan, 1983). The first work has 5,000 entries; 70 maps; many appendixes of leaders, organizations, and disasters; plus a world chronology. The second has 7,500 entries, 36 maps, 40 tables, and no illustrations. The last has 10,000 entries and no maps or illustrations. The Oxford volume has the advantage of containing current information, useful country facts, and illustrations. This well-organized and up-to-date book will be useful for ready reference in high-school, public, and academic libraries.

Library Journal Review

Oxford's new guide to world history contains over 4000 alphabetical entries covering important people and events from prehistoric times to the present. Most entries are one or two paragraphs long, and cross references to other entries are given within the text. A chronology of world events is included at the end. This encyclopedia covers world events and social movements and includes biographies of prominent people throughout history. All entries include dates, basic details, and context; those on individual countries cover geography, history, economy, and contemporary issues. While many non-Western figures and events are included, most entries focus on Western history. Asia and the Middle East receive moderate coverage and Africa and Latin America even less (e.g., no entry for Jos‚ Mart¡, nothing on the Ashanti Empire). One drawback is the limited use of illustrations: the entire volume contains 50 portraits, engravings, and tables and 50 maps. Additional photographs and maps of individual countries and regions would have been useful, since the entries are so brief. Libraries looking for an overview of world history will find this a useful resourceÄthe alphabetical arrangement and low price make it a good addition to basic reference collections. Libraries that own Hutchinson Dictionary of World History (LJ 3/15/94) or Bruce Wetterau's World History (Holt, 1995) do not need this volume, since both offer more entries and comparable information.ÄMichele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. P.L., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.