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The Oxford companion to politics of the world /
editor in chief, Joel Krieger ; editors, Margaret E. Crahan ... [et al.].
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
description
xxxi, 1018 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195117395 (alk. paper)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
isbn
0195117395 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4386988
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Like the first edition (CH, Sept'93) this is an outstanding contribution. Over 500 contributors from 40 nations have written 672 entries (87 of which are new, with revisions to the remainder). Half a dozen critical and 23 interpretative essays are listed at the front of the volume and are flagged along the outside edges of the appropriate pages. Seventy-five biographical entries on leaders and "thinkers" address the major factual details of each person, but are more holistic (see the "Clinton, Bill" entry, p. 141 and 148). Inevitably a project of this scope will contain some inconsistencies; for example, there are separate entries for "Czechoslovakia," "Czech Republic," and "Slovakia," but a cross-reference to "Germany, Federal Republic of" from "West Germany" (there is a separate entry for "German Democratic Republic"). Minor stylistic issues aside, this volume deserves a place in reference collections. For smaller collections, it provides a single source to access world politics; for larger, it will embellish and deepen the growing body of works attempting to present the world scene. Highly recommended. G. R. Walden Ohio State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-03-15:
The aim of this ambitious one-volume encyclopedia is to provide a ``comprehensive guide to international relations and national domestic policies throughout the world,'' with a clear emphasis on post-World War II events. An impressive international assortment of nearly 500 contributors has prepared 650 mini-essays that are similar in format and scope to those found in other Oxford companions. However, the editors promise that this volume features ``cutting-edge interpretation and analysis'' of the current situation in world politics. Within one alphabetical arrangement are found essays on every country; brief biographies of political leaders and intellectual figures (e.g., George Kennan, Franz Fanon, Malcolm X, Vaclav Havel); 21 broad interpretive essays (covering, for instance, democracy, elites, class and politics, war, and gender and politics); concepts; treaties; forms of government; historical events; issues; and organizations. Many of the essays cover very specific topics--e.g., AIDS, genocide, tribalism, Tiananmen Square, Chernobyl, Roe v. Wade , the domino theory, contras, gay and lesbian politics--and provide a solid starting point for further research. Each essay contains a brief bibliography, and cross-references proliferate throughout the volume. A detailed index (not seen) will further enhance the usefulness. Among the contributors are several well-known names (e.g., Robert Dahl, Martin Gilbert, Seymour Martin Lipset, Garry Wills, Todd Gitlin, Zhores Medvedev) and two recent Clinton appointees, Anthony Lake (on the Vietnam War) and Robert Reich (on deindustrialization). Combining the best elements of many standard reference works (e.g., Europa World Yearbook , Dictionary of American Politics ), this volume will become indispensable for all academic libraries.-- Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
"Like the first edition this is an outstanding contribution. ...It provides a single source to access world politics...will embellish and deepen the growing body of works attempting to present the world scene. Highly recommended."--Choice
"Thoughtful and well written...The Oxford Companion to Politics of theWorld is a scholarly, skillfully edited update of a highly useful reference. Theadded content is worth the price...Oxford University Press has produced anotheruseful reference for academic and large public libraries."--Against theGrain
"Thoughtful and well written...The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World is a scholarly, skillfully edited update of a highly useful reference. The added content is worth the price...Oxford University Press has produced another useful reference for academic and large publiclibraries."--Against the Grain
"Thoughtful and well written...The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World is a scholarly, skillfully edited update of a highly useful reference. The added content is worth the price...Oxford University Press has produced another useful reference for academic and large public libraries."--Against the Grain"Like the first edition this is an outstanding contribution. ...It provides a single source to access world politics...will embellish and deepen the growing body of works attempting to present the world scene. Highly recommended."--Choice
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Summaries
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This second edition has entries distributed among ten major thematic categories including conventions, treaties, and developments in international law, and forms of government and institutions.
Main Description
A one-volume, A-Z encyclopaedia designed as a comprehensive resource for understanding the complex terrain of world affairs.
Main Description
The world has seen dramatic changes since the publication of the first edition of The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World in 1993. In the post-Cold War world, globalization now offers wealth and opportunities on a broader scale, as well as greater international harmony, but threatens toreinforce the advantage gap between wealthy and poor regions and intensify environmental degradation. Conflict and squalor--expressed in brutal brushfire wars, epidemics, and chronic underdevelopment--vie with equally dramatic accounts of growth and democracy associated with a liberal politicalorder and the global diffusion of trade, investment, and communications. Drawing on the breadth of the first edition, this major new edition reflects the changing world with a reassessment of many of the core themes of the Companion, and new articles on the people, concepts, and events that have shaped the world since 1993. The second edition includes biographies ofKofi Annan, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and Gerhard Schroder; articles on events such as the Rwandan Genocide and the war in Kosovo; and coverage of international trade developments such as NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. Eighty-seven of the 672 articles in the Second Edition are completelynew; most others are thoroughly revised. This edition also features a substantial new set of articles, a dozen essays on critical issues written by influential figures. Recognizing the importance of including varying viewpoints, the editors have commissioned these essays to provide an informed and often passionate debate oncontroversial topics. Discussions include Lani Guinier and Glenn Loury on Affirmative Action; Francis Fukuyama and Milton Fisk on the Limits of Liberal Democracy; and Lloyd Axworthy and John Bolton on the United Nations. The contributors discuss nearly every nation in the world, including extensive information on institutions, political parties, leaders, and the sources of political mobilization and conflict. The volume also includes biographies of more than seventy-five political leaders and thinkers who haveshaped the contemporary political world. Articles include detailed discussions of critical historical developments and events, concepts, international law, and organizations. The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, Second Edition is an accessible, timely, thought-provoking, and comprehensivereference that captures the complexity and vitality of contemporary world affairs.

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