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The concise encyclopedia of democracy.
Congressional Quarterly, inc.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 452 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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JC423 .C667 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Designed specifically for students and other readers near to the subject, this new single-volume version of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Democracy features more than 300 entries covering democratic concepts, countries, and individuals.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy is a single-volume version of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Democracy . Not a condensation, the new Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy was created to address the specific requirements of high school and introductory college courses and is geared to the special needs of high school and college students, and the general public.

The more than 300 articles in The Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy include concepts, countries, and individuals, emphasizing the historical and practical, rather than the theoretical. While the coverage is international in scope, particular emphasis is given to the American experience and the democracies that are part of the high school curriculum and introductory college courses.

Especially valuable to the student library patron are new entries on the Constitution and general government practices that meet The National Standards in Civics and Government. The 150 maps, photographs, charts, and timelines are designed to present the researcher with information in a concise, visual form.

Excerpts from the Preface:

"As a new century dawns, democracy seems to be gaining a foothold throughout the world, yet it remains fragile in all but a handful of nation-states . . . In a world made small by swift transportation and instant communication, such an understanding is increasingly important as competing ideologies inevitably come into conflict. "

" The Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy seeks to provide a broad overview of the complex subject of democracy . . . includes biographies, regional and country profiles, topical analyses, historical overviews and discussions of important documents, speeches and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. "

" The Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy offers the reader biographical sketches of individuals significant in the development of democratic theory or the implementation of democracy in the major nations of the contemporary world. Included are philosophers, political theorists, activists, dissidents, revolutionaries, and leaders. The biographies span more than 2,000 years - from Plato to Wi Jinsheng. And they span the globe as well . . . Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom, and Sun Yatsen of China are among those profiled. "

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Booklist Review

This is another of those sources that conveniently pulls together a lot of related material on a broad topic. In this instance, the goal is to give readers an understanding of democracy. The nearly 300 articles consist of biographies, regional and country profiles, topical analyses, historical overviews, and discussions of significant documents, speeches, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Some of the articles appeared in the more scholarly four-volume The Encyclopedia of Democracy [RBB Mr 1 96]; others are completely new or have been rewritten for an audience of students and general readers. The table of contents is an alphabetical list of entries, which could be useful for students and teachers scouting for topics for reports. It is followed by a list of articles arranged by broad subject, such as "Biographies," "Countries and Regions," and "Women and Women's Rights." Within some broader subjects there are subdivisions. Entries range in length from a paragraph or two to four or five pages. There is a general bibliography, although bibliographies specific to each article would probably be more useful to a student doing a term paper. The black-and-white portraits, maps, and tables provide useful information but lack any visual appeal that might lure reluctant scholars. They will, on the other hand, photocopy better than many color illustrations--and students can always get more colorful illustrations from the Internet! Recommended for secondary-school and public libraries where this kind of information is lacking and where easy access is needed.