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Encyclopedia of politics : the left and the right /
Rodney P. Carlisle, general editor.
imprint
Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Reference, c2005.
description
2 v. (xxvi, 1052 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
ISBN
1412904099 (cloth)
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imprint
Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Reference, c2005.
isbn
1412904099 (cloth)
contents note
v. 1. The left -- v. 2. The right.
catalogue key
5340805
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-07-01:
During the French Revolution, those favoring preservation of the monarchy were seated to the right of the Assembly while promoters of a more egalitarian republic sat to the left. Today, the misunderstood terms Left and Right pepper our discourse-and polarize political debate-yet defy traditional definition. In this two-volume set, movements, ideologies, political parties, and people are split into Left and Right volumes. Thus, affirmative action, environmentalism, and Thomas Jefferson meet in Volume 1: The Left, while capitalism, unilateralism, and George Will appear in Volume 2: The Right. This juxtaposition of diverse elements spotlights the complexity of defining political ideas in simplistic terms. Some entries, like healthcare and welfare, are covered in both volumes with slightly different perspectives. The inclusive scope emphasizes recent events while paying homage to 19th-century changes in political landscape. The 450 articles have been written by an impressive array of world scholars, creating an appropriately global perspective (editor Carlisle is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University). A brief time line of politics and a helpful glossary of terms are appended, along with a reader's guide and index. Bottom Line The accessibility of the articles recommends this set to public libraries serving high school students and interested adults, while the inclusion of article bibliographies speaks to its appropriateness for the academic library market. Although the subjectivity of loose political tags may raise debate among scholars, the work is a solid and lasting contribution to the understanding of the issues that divide us politically. Highly recommended for its readability, scholarly content, and uniqueness.-Kelli Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
This encyclopedia of world politics offers entries representing the ideologies of the left and the right. Its conceptual arrangement runs the risk that some topics may resist categorization within the predetermined framework. However, the introduction adequately addresses this challenge. This work's clear definition of different ideological stances in historical context helps ensure proper placement of entries. Within its broad framework, the encyclopedia follows a more traditional format. Volume 1 includes the introduction and a reader's guide offering assistance in locating, for example, specific persons, countries, and concepts, within the two volumes. It also includes a roster and a time line of key events in the development of political ideologies. The alphabetically arranged, concise but descriptive entries vary from half a page to several pages, with terms described in relationship to left or right politics. In general, individuals' profiles helpfully place people within the political spectrum, but readers must consult other sources for more comprehensive information. All entries include a bibliography and see also references to other relevant entries. Photographs, maps, and other illustrations enhance the overall presentation. Volume 2 includes a general bibliography, a glossary, and a comprehensive subject index. This well-written work provides a comprehensive picture of a political landscape that is often conceived of in terms of two opposing ideological stances. Review of other political cultures reveals similar delineations, with important cultural variations, within other nations and regions of the world. This work's extension of the concepts of left and right politics beyond the boundaries of the US is a major strength that sets it apart from other reference works on world politics. Reading entries about the same fundamental legal issue (e.g., health care, censorship) in each volume clarifies ideological differences. In the future, this approach should be expanded to include many more topics. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. R. V. Labaree University of Southern California
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Review Quotes
"This two-volume set would be helpful to students with a renewed interest in politics. The writing is clear and concise."
"The 450 articles have been written by an impressive array of world scholars, creating an appropriately global perspective. A brief time line of politics and helpful glossary of terms are appended, along with a reader's guide and index. . . . The work is a solid and lasting contribution to the understanding of the issues that divide us politically. Highly recommended for its readability, scholarly content, and uniqueness."
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Main Description
Although the distinction between the politics of the left and the right is commonly assumed in the media and in treatments of political science and history, the terms are used so loosely that the student and the general reader are often confused: What exactly are the terms left and right supposed to imply? This two-volume Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right contains over 450 articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, with those usually thought of as left in the left-hand volume (Volume 1), and those considered on the right in the right-hand volume (Volume 2).
Main Description
Although the distinction between the politics of the left and the right is commonly assumed in the media and in treatments of political science and history, the terms are used so loosely that the student and the general reader are often confused: What exactly are the terms left and right supposed to imply? This two-volume Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right contains over 450 articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, with those usually thought of as left in the left-hand volume (Volume 1), and those considered on the right in the right-hand volume (Volume 2). Key Themes Countries/Regions a?Ismsa? Laws Political Issues Political Movements Political Parties People
Main Description
Although the distinction between the politics of the left and the right is commonly assumed in the media and in treatments of political science and history, the terms are used so loosely that the student and the general reader are often confused: What exactly are the terms left and right supposed to imply? This two-volume Encyclopedia of Politics contains over 450 articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, with those usually thought of as left in the left-hand volume (Volume 1) and those considered on the right, in the right-hand volume (Volume 2). Topics Covered Countries/Regions: Leftist Politics Countries/Regions: Rightist Politics Leftist Isms Leftist Laws Leftist Political Issues Leftist Political Movements Leftist Political Parties People on the Left People on the Right Rightist Isms Rightist Laws Rightist Political Issues Rightist Political Movements Rightist Political Parties
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This two-volume 'Encyclopedia of Politics' contains over 450 articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, of those thought of as left and right.

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