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Founders of modern nations : a biographical dictionary /
Neil A. Hamilton.
imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1995.
description
xviii, 505 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0874367506 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1995.
isbn
0874367506 (alk. paper)
local note
AXJ-4291
catalogue key
1861829
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-482) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-04-01:
This dictionary presents those men and women who possessed both the vision to establish independent nations of united people and the will to use whatever means, whether peaceful or violent, to obtain that goal. The 322 entries cover the rulers, revolutionaries, politicians, and military leaders responsible for the formation of existing nations since 1300. Hamilton's accurate, well-written entries cover such people as Washington, Castro, Mao, and Gandhi as well as lesser-known people responsible for founding independent nations in Africa, Asia, and now Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. No glowing pictures appear here: Hamilton's biographies cover both the positive and negative aspects of his subjects. Also included are 86 country profiles and a chronology of the founding of nations and revolutions. This excellent book complements familiar titles like the Chambers Dictionary of Political Biography (1991), Frank Thackery's Statesmen Who Changed the World (Greenwood, 1993), Harris M. Lentz III's Heads of States and Governments (McFarland, 1994), and Historic World Leaders (LJ 5/1/94), offering greater detail in the select area on which it focuses. Its approach, presentation, and coverage of the many changes that have occurred since the fall of both the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union recommend it for all school, public, and academic libraries.‘Stephen L. Hupp, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib., Johnston, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1996-06-01:
Hamilton has written biographical sketches of more than 300 persons considered founders of some 180 modern nations. The sketches are arranged alphabetically, range from one to several double-column pages, list references to secondary sources, and occasionally include a photograph. An "Entry Locator" near the front lists nations alphabetically and gives for each the names of founders. An appendix, "Country Profiles," supplies one or two paragraphs on the history of each nation, which is sometimes helpful in tying together the roles of multiple founders. Many countries are credited with a single founder (e.g., Comoros, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Sweden); others have several (the US, 8; China, 7; Mexico, 6; Ireland, 5). Only founders of modern regimes are selected, hence Lenin, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon are excluded. Some inclusions are questionable. Mikhail Gorbachev, who presided over the demise of a regime, shares space with Catherine the Great and Boris Yeltsin, and Thomas Paine, although his contribution to the American Revolution was important, was out of the country and played no direct role in the adoption of the US Constitution. Nations with unsettled recent histories earn multiple founders; for Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega and Violeta Chamorro, and for Iran, Shah Reza Pahlavi and the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Although brief biographies of George Washington can be found in numerous other sources, only here will one find more than a passing reference to Horloyn Choibalsang (Mongolia) or Philibert Tsiranana (Madagascar). A good optional choice for most academic collections. J. W. Barnes Shepherd College
Reviews
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"A biographical dictionary covering figures such as Eamon De Valera, Ho Chi Minh...and Peter the Great faces a two-fold challenge: establishing a reasonable unifying premise and reporting information in a useful way. Founders of Modern NationS≪/I> meets both challenges." - Rettig on Reference (Gale.com)
"A biographical dictionary covering figures such as Eamon De Valera, Ho Chi Minh...and Peter the Great faces a two-fold challenge: establishing a reasonable unifying premise and reporting information in a useful way. Founders of Modern Nations meets both challenges." - Rettig on Reference (Gale.com)
"A biographical dictionary covering figures such as Eamon De Valera, Ho Chi Minh...and Peter the Great faces a two-fold challenge: establishing a reasonable unifying premise and reporting information in a useful way. Founders of Modern Nations meets both challenges." – Rettig on Reference (Gale.com)
"A well-organized volume that should fill a gap in most reference collections. Articles are clearly written and refrain from subjective opinion. Students should find this source helpful." – School Library Journal
"Its approach, presentation, and coverage of the many changes that have occurred since the fall of both the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union recommend it for all school, public, and academic libraries." – Library Journal
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Choice, June 1996
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Ranging from the 12th century to the present, this book provides a concise guide to the founders of all the world's modern nations, with complete portraits of the founders, including personal facts and the social factors which influenced them.

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