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Industrialization and imperialism, 1800-1914 : a biographical dictionary
Bell, Jeffrey A.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvii, 434 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1300 Lexile.
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This book presents an age of nationalism, imperialism, modernization, industrialism, and great cultural achievement, stretching from 1800, when Europe was awash in the wake of the French Revolution, the reign of terror, and the coming rise of Napoleon, to Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination in 1914.

Concise biographical entries provide basic information on the great talents of the era--Beethoven, the Romantic poets, Hegel--as well as leaders in the modernization and industrialization of Western culture. Included are figures who played major roles on the imperialist and nationalist stage, those--such as Darwin and Planck--who made significant contributions to science, and those who struggled for women's rights and Abolition in the United States.

Author Notes

JEFFERY A. BELL is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This title in the Great Cultural Eras of the Western World series provides biographies of people who had a significant political or cultural impact during the time period, from Beethoven and Metternich to Ida Wells Barnett, Henry Ford, and H. G. Wells

Choice Review

Editors of biographical dictionaries have the responsibility to establish clear criteria that explain both the subject treated and the level of coverage--comprehensive, selective, etc. By this measure, Bell's work is average at best. The series title is "The Great Cultural Eras of the Western World"; the title includes the words "industrialization" and "imperialism"; and the introduction states that "reader[s] will find many individuals who were key figures on the imperialist and nationalist stage ... inventors and industrialists who made major contributions to the industrialization and modernization of western culture ... [along with] the most significant cultural and intellectual figures of the era," and that the book "is intended ... as an introductory reference work for readers researching the great cultural figures of the period." Judged by these criteria, the work lacks clear focus. Although dozens of cultural figures are included, there often is no indication how they relate to the announced themes of the book. The inclusion of some individuals can only be regarded as mysterious: John James Audubon, P.T. Barnum, Davy Crockett, George Armstrong Custer, Frederick Douglass, Alfred Dreyfus, Geronimo, James Naismith, Florence Nightingale, Edgar Allan Poe, Grigory Rasputin, Heinrich Schliemann, William Tecumseh Sherman, Harriet Tubman. Finally, it is not clear why "imperialism" occurs in the title. In the years before WW I, European countries took control of most of Africa and various other parts of the globe. Although Leopold II of Belgium sponsored exploration and annexation of the Congo, he has no entry; Bismarck pursued policies that resulted in German annexation of four African territories (1884), but his entry omits mention of either the 1884 Berlin Conference, where European countries carved up Africa, or the establishment of German colonies in Africa. Summing Up: Not recommended. P. W. Wilkin University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Ap. 1
Bp. 15
Cp. 59
Dp. 82
Ep. 108
Fp. 114
Gp. 135
Hp. 153
Ip. 175
Jp. 180
Kp. 190
Lp. 201
Mp. 227
Np. 266
Op. 274
Pp. 278
Rp. 295
Sp. 312
Tp. 345
Vp. 362
Wp. 374
Yp. 397
Zp. 400
Bibliographyp. 403
Indexp. 425
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 431