Catalogue


Dictionary of historic documents /
George Childs Kohn, editor ; foreword by Leonard Latkovski.
edition
Rev. ed.
imprint
New York : Facts on File, c2003.
description
ix, 646 p. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0816047723 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York : Facts on File, c2003.
isbn
0816047723 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5014016
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 605-609) and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Praise for the previous edition:
This book represents ready reference at its best. Recommended for all libraries.—Library Journal
The perfect across-the-curriculum resource for teachers and students who dash into the library for a quick reference. Highly recommended.—The Book Report
Still the only reference of its kind, Dictionary of Historic Documents, Revised Edition provides basic factual information about more than 2,400 significant historic documents in world history. Included are key acts, constitutions, proclamations, treaties, bills, laws, agreements, and speeches, among others, from ancient codes, such as Hammurabi's Code, to modern age agreements and speeches, such as the Kyoto Protocol or President George W. Bush's Freedom and Fear Are at War speech.
Arranged in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, each entry includes a concise summary describing the principal details of the document, its significance and historical context, as well as primary or secondary sources for further reference. Cross-references, a list of entries by category, a timetable of documents, an extensive bibliography, and index make the information readily accessible.
This edition features more than 100 new entries, including:
United Nations Declaration of January 1, 1942
Wannsee Protocol (January 20, 1942)
German Unification Treaty (August 31, 1990)
North American Free Trade Agreement (December 17, 1992)
Family and Medical Leave Act, U.S. (February 5, 1993)
Oslo Accords (September 13, 1993)
Unabomber Manifesto
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
A unique ready-reference source, this compilation contains about 2,500 brief summaries (150-250 words apiece) of documents and their histories. Fifty percent longer than the original version (CH, Oct'91), it is much more useful. The new entries (about 600) describe major international agreements and important social and religious documents produced 1990-2003, as well as many historic documents not included earlier. New features include brief bibliographies in each entry, the 50-page "Timetable of Documents," and a list of entries arranged under 35 national, regional, and topical headings. The document index has been expanded from 15 to 35 pages, printed in larger type to improve legibility, and enhanced with more cross-references to make it easier to identify and locate documents. The focus is chiefly Western, and documents from about 1750 to the present predominate, but the editor has made efforts to include significant non-Western documents and those created before modern times. "Document" is broadly interpreted to include any written record "of sufficient force to influence people and events either in its immediate time-period or in subsequent periods." ^BSumming Up: Essential. For all but the smallest public and all academic libraries. L. Kincaid Boise State University
Reviews
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Reference & Research Book News, August 2003
Booklist, September 2003
Choice, October 2003
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Praise for the previous edition: This book represents ready reference at its best. Recommended for all libraries. , Library Journal The perfect across-the-curriculum resource for teachers and students who dash into the library for a quick reference. Highly recommended. , The Book Report Still the only reference of its kind
Unpaid Annotation
Praise for the previous edition: ""This book represents ready reference at its best. Recommended for all libraries."" —Library Journal ""The perfect across-the-curriculum resource for teachers and students who dash into the library for a quick reference. Highly recommended."" —The Book Report Still the only reference of its kind, Dictionary of Historic Documents, Revised Edition provides basic factual information about more than 2,400 significant historic documents in world history. Included are key acts, constitutions, proclamations, treaties, bills, laws, agreements, and speeches, among others, from ancient codes, such as Hammurabi's Code, to modern age agreements and speeches, such as the Kyoto Protocol or President George W. Bush's ""Freedom and Fear Are at War"" speech. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, each entry includes a concise summary describing the principal details of the document, its significance and historical context, as well as primary or secondary sources for further reference. Cross-references, a list of entries by category, a timetable of documents, an extensive bibliography, and index make the information readily accessible. This edition features more than 100 new entries, including: United Nations Declaration of January 1, 1942 Wannsee Protocol (January 20, 1942) German Unification Treaty (August 31, 1990) North American Free Trade Agreement (December 17, 1992) Family and Medical Leave Act, U.S. (February 5, 1993) Oslo Accords (September 13, 1993) Unabomber Manifesto (1995) Dayton Peace Accord (December 14, 1995) Megan's Law (May 17, 1996) Good Friday Agreement (April 10, 1998) South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (October 1998) Tobacco Companies Settlement Agreement, U.S. (November 14, 1998) Financial Services Modernization Act, U.S. (November 12, 1999) Bush vs. Gore (December 12, 2000) USA-Patriot Act (October 26, 2001) No Child Left Behind Act, U.S. (January 8, 2002).

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