The dictionary of 20th-century world politics /
Jay M. Shafritz, Phil Williams, Ronald S. Calinger.
1st ed.
New York : H. Holt, 1993.
xi, 756 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0805019766 (alk. paper) :
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New York : H. Holt, 1993.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-01:
An excellent and resourceful reference tool for information about the language, terminology, and personalities of modern world history and politics. Shafritz, Williams, and Calinger have created a superior source that provides informed, concise, up-to-the-minute definitions as well as informative (and often entertaining) biographical sketches. The diversity of terms defined is striking. There are nearly five pages of definitions for some variation of "diplomat," "diplomacy," or "diplomatic"; many buzz words (e.g., "skinheads") are cited that do not appear in Walter Raymond's Dictionary of Politics (CH, Jan'93) or Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (CH, Sep'93). The latter two, surprisingly, do not contain a definition for Secretary of State, but Shafritz et al. give an excellent, balanced definition with biographical sketches for each American Secretary of State in the century. The book's strongest points are its biographical notes, which often offer quotes and asides that range from solemn to irreverent. Although biographical sketches of the most familiar figures of the century are excellent, the authors give equal attention to major figures often neglected in dictionary-style reference sources. A wide range of terms and personalities from the developing world, and consistent use of cross-references, quotes, and tables are included. First-rate, well conceived, and wittily written. Highly recommended for academic, college, school and personal libraries. M. Whichard; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-09-01:
This new title provides brief information on more than 5000 topics--events, people, and ideas--that have had an impact on world politics since 1900. The entries range from one paragraph to half a page in length and are often supplemented by chronologies, quotations, or excerpts. Recent events are well covered: a full page is devoted to the Persian Gulf Crisis, and the Russian Coup of 1991 receives more space than the Russian Revolution of 1917. This volume contains over 140 photographs, and broad subject access is provided in an appendix. It is ideally suited for the ready reference collections of public and academic libraries and is a good complement to the recent Oxford Companion to Politics of the World ( LJ 3/15/93), which contains fewer but much more substantial entries.-- Thomas Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
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Library Journal, September 1993
Choice, January 1994
Reference & Research Book News, February 1994
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