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Europe 1450 to 1789 : encyclopedia of the early modern world
Dewald, Jonathan.
Publication Information:
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, [2004]

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6 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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This new detailed set explores European history from 1450-1789, from the print revolution to the French Revolution. The set's 1,150 articles, written by eminent scholars, cover major topics in art, government and education as well as providing biographical entries on key figures of the period. In addition, the set covers topics specific to the era, such as apocalypticism, guilds, food riots, royal mistresses and lovers, the Spanish inquisition, Utopia and others. Each volume includes a color frontispiece and an eight-page color insert. Features include approximately 750 black-and-white photographs, 30 maps, a year-by-year chronology, a topical outline and index, a research guide and a comprehensive index.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In the distinguished tradition of its Encyclopedia of the Renaissance0 (1999) and Dictionary of the Middle Ages 0 (1982-1989), Scribner has published an encyclopedia that is even grander than these award-winning works. Europe, 1450 to 17890 spans the mid-fifteenth century, a period of relative stability following the chaos of the late Middle Ages, to the French Revolution. The focus is on Europe within the context of world history, including meaningful developments in the arts, religion, politics, exploration, and warfare. Alphabetical entries range from broad and expected topics like the Enlightenment and the Renaissance to the more narrowly defined, such as Advice and etiquette books, Balloons0 , and Tulips.0 Cross-references are numerous, and each signed entry is followed by a bibliography and see also0 references. The 1,100-plus entries range in length from half a page to eight pages, and the number of bibliographical references from a few to 40. Major topics are represented by extended, in-depth essays, but the more tangential entries-- Concubinage, Sanitation, Virtue0 --are also informative. More than a third of the entries are biographical. The first volume contains a helpful 120-page chronology dividing notable subjects into three categories--"Art and Architecture," "Drama and Music," and "Literature and Scholarship." Volume 6 has a "Systematic Outline of Contents," so users can locate all entries under a broad topic like "Law," "Religion," or "Science." Each volume lists the contents of all volumes in the set (though there is only one index at the end of the last volume), and each includes the same six maps representing major political changes during this period. Overall, there are 90 archival maps in the set. Gorgeous illustrations are sprinkled throughout, including an eight-page color section in the middle of each volume. Breathtaking reproductions of paintings provide a good argument for print encyclopedias over their online counterparts. Landmark pieces of art and architecture are also splendidly exhibited. Additionally, there are 750 black-and-white illustrations. This user-friendly encyclopedia attempts to bridge "the gap between researchers and nonspecialist readers" in covering the early modern era. Another goal, as the introduction explains, was to include subject areas often ignored until recently--women's roles, Judaism, Islam, Eastern Europe, Africa, and "how ordinary Europeans lived and thought." This is a fine set, from its beautiful physical appearance to the scope and depth of its coverage. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

In the tradition of Scribner's Dictionary of the Middle Ages, this colossal set explores the history of Europe's early modern period-which covers the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment-by going beyond Europe's borders and placing changes on the Continent within the context of world history. Coverage includes the development of all branches of knowledge, from art, literature, and philosophy to science, religion, and politics. Edited by historian Dewald (SUNY at Buffalo), the set contains 1,125 signed, alphabetically arranged entries, ranging in length from two to six pages and including bibliographies. Over 750 black-and-white illustrations and 90 archival maps complement the text, and each volume features an eight-page color insert. A detailed chronology of the early modern period is included in the first volume, while an extensive index in the last volume rounds out the set and makes it easy to use. In addition, the work provides over 450 biographies of prominent figures. Gale's Encyclopedia of World Biography and Dictionary of World Biography both include more biographical entries, but this set places them in the broader historical context. A good if pricey choice for libraries looking for a source that covers major historical trends as well as prominent players of this important time in European and world history.-Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. P.L., Edina, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Most libraries, even those with limited budgets, will want to consider this benchmark encyclopedia. Outstanding features include 450 total entries, 90 archival maps, 8 pages of plates in each volume showing major paintings and other works of art and architecture, 750 black-and-white illustrations, a 120-page chronology, and a 197-page subject index. The table of contents for the set is printed in each volume. The set covers the period beginning with European exploration and concluding just before the French Revolution. "Europe" is defined as the entire continent; hence there is extensive information about the Russian and Ottoman Empires, besides the expected Holy Roman Empire, British Isles, and France. "Early modern world" is demonstrated by entries for New York City, Boston, Mexico, and the American War of Independence, some of which might have been subsumed under broader entries for British, French, and Spanish colonies. Dewald's preface points out that 60 years ago, historians referred to these three centuries as "early modern Europe" in reaction to earlier concepts of Renaissance and Enlightenment, terms that implied societies had emerged from an era of ignorance into an era of progress. The past 60 years have seen extensive research on this period, and historians have come to see historical development as a continuum. These concepts result in expected entries for major political and religious figures, now-common entries on peasants, women, marriage, and childhood, and some that are unexpected--piracy, tulips, tobacco. Entries list further readings, in English where possible, to meet the needs of general readers. In recent years, publications like Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. by P.F. Grendler (6v., CH, Jun'00), Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, ed. by H.J. Hillerbrand (4v., CH, Jul'96), Encyclopedia of Enlightenment, ed. by A.C. Kors (4v., CH, May'03), and Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. by M. Delon (2v., CH, Jun'02), have treated segments of the material covered here in greater depth. Libraries that own those other sets will want this one for its general overview; libraries that lack them will want this survey. [The reviewer wishes to thank Kathleen Wellman (history, Southern Methodist Univ.), who contributed two entries to the encyclopedia but provided a frank assessment of the set.] ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. M. Stark Southern Methodist University