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The Hutchinson illustrated encyclopedia of British history.
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xii, 384 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
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DA34 .H88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Originally published in Great Britain, these books are the results of work by contributors who are experts in their fields. Both volumes have entries arranged in a simple A^-Z dictionary format and include numerous feature articles, genealogies, maps, quotations, and black-and-white illustrations appropriately placed throughout the text. In addition, in each book there is a selection of lavish color plates. Within the text, arrows indicate cross-references to other entries. Both volumes are geared to an intended audience of nonspecialists. The Hutchinson Illustrated Encyclopedia of British History focuses on political history, with very little coverage of the arts and culture. It has approximately 2,000 entries, varying from a sentence to a full page in length, with most being a paragraph or two. Examples of entries include Cistercian order, Cricket, Falklands War, Potato famine, and Richard III. The 21 longer feature articles include "Dark Satanic Mills: The Industrial Revolution in Britain" and "The Saxon Shore: The End of Roman Britain." There are approximately 28 chronologies in the text and a lengthy thematic chronology of British and Irish history at the end of the book. For each time period, the chronology lists events involving Britain and Ireland; other world events; developments in society, economy, and science; and cultural history. Rounding out the reference is a four-page bibliography arranged by historical period. Citations in the bibliography provide the author, title, and date of publication and frequently include a brief annotation. The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance has approximately 1,500 entries and has significant coverage of art and culture from all of Europe. Thomas Malory, Christopher Marlowe, and Shakespeare are found here, rather than in the British history volume. Entries are somewhat longer; Dante Alighieri covers two pages. There are 20 longer features, including "The Rediscovery of Classical Literature" and "London's Open-Air Playhouses." A thematic index rounds out the book. It is organized by geographic region and then lists kings, themes and events, political and religious figures, artists and architects, and literature. There are other one-volume, dictionary-style works that cover similar topics. Both The Columbia Companion to British History [RBB Mr 15 97], with 4,500 entries, and The Oxford Companion to British History [RBB Mr 1 98], with 4,000 entries, are more comprehensive than the Hutchinson volume and would be the first choices for most libraries. Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (Facts On File, 1987) has 2,500 entries, excellent illustrations in black and white and color, and a good bibliography. Academic, high-school, and public libraries that need additional single-volume coverage of these topics might consider adding the Hutchinson volumes to their collections.

Choice Review

As the introduction indicates, this pithy encyclopedia intended for nonspecialists strives to balance fact and interpretation, practicality and attractiveness. Results are mixed. Exhaustive in scope, the work covers all recorded history of Great Britain and Ireland but excludes the latter from its title. Signed, page-length feature entries provide a range of nuanced, current scholarship, and not merely historical facts. Comprehensive illustrations, chronologies, and genealogies supplement the text. Factual errors mar the work (e.g., the entry for Anne Boleyn states that George Boleyn was her half-brother). The definition of princess royal is not wholly accurate. Some omissions are puzzling: three degrees of the peerage (duke, marquess, and viscount) and the peerage itself are excluded. The annotated bibliography needs an infusion of recent titles. Almost identical to a release of the same title in England (Helicon, 1995), this edition includes very few revisions. Neither edition can compete with the superior scholarship of Oxford Companion to British History, ed. by John Cannon (CH, Jun'98), or Columbia Companion to British History, ed. by Juliet Gardiner and Neil Wenborn (CH, Dec'97). Not recommended. P. J. Jones; Baylor University

Table of Contents

List of contributors and editorsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
List of feature articlesp. viii
List of chronologiesp. ix
List of maps and battle plansp. x
List of genealogiesp. xi
List of colour platesp. xii
A-Z textp. 1
Chronology of British and Irish historyp. 365
Bibliographyp. 381