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The Princeton encyclopedia of American political history /
editor, Michael Kazin ; associate editors, Rebecca Edwards, Adam Rothman.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.
description
2 v. : ill.
ISBN
9780691129716 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.
isbn
9780691129716 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6970564
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"I can think of no better introduction to American politics thanThe Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. The editors, led by the distinguished historian Michael Kazin, have done a superb job of balancing traditional and innovative approaches to their subject and in assembling essays that are authoritative, insightful, and accessible. This work will quickly become an indispensable guide to the political institutions, ideas, issues, and movements that have shaped and sometimes convulsed the United States across its history. A major accomplishment."--Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University"The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political Historywill appeal both to libraries (at the local, school, and university level) and to readers outside the field, as well as to students and teachers at every level."--Jane Dailey, University of Chicago"Seldom can anyone in any area of American history say that there is not some competing or closely related work in the field. But the editors of this encyclopedia can in fact do so. This is a useful, significant, and enduring reference book in an important area of American history. It will be used by general readers, students from high school through graduate school, and of course scholars."--Jean H. Baker, Goucher College
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"I can think of no better introduction to American politics than The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History . The editors, led by the distinguished historian Michael Kazin, have done a superb job of balancing traditional and innovative approaches to their subject and in assembling essays that are authoritative, insightful, and accessible. This work will quickly become an indispensable guide to the political institutions, ideas, issues, and movements that have shaped and sometimes convulsed the United States across its history. A major accomplishment."--Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University " The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History will appeal both to libraries (at the local, school, and university level) and to readers outside the field, as well as to students and teachers at every level."--Jane Dailey, University of Chicago "Seldom can anyone in any area of American history say that there is not some competing or closely related work in the field. But the editors of this encyclopedia can in fact do so. This is a useful, significant, and enduring reference book in an important area of American history. It will be used by general readers, students from high school through graduate school, and of course scholars."--Jean H. Baker, Goucher College
Flap Copy
"I can think of no better introduction to American politics than The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History . The editors, led by the distinguished historian Michael Kazin, have done a superb job of balancing traditional and innovative approaches to their subject and in assembling essays that are authoritative, insightful, and accessible. This work will quickly become an indispensable guide to the political institutions, ideas, issues, and movements that have shaped and sometimes convulsed the United States across its history. A major accomplishment."-- Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University " The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History will appeal both to libraries (at the local, school, and university level) and to readers outside the field, as well as to students and teachers at every level."-- Jane Dailey, University of Chicago "Seldom can anyone in any area of American history say that there is not some competing or closely related work in the field. But the editors of this encyclopedia can in fact do so. This is a useful, significant, and enduring reference book in an important area of American history. It will be used by general readers, students from high school through graduate school, and of course scholars."-- Jean H. Baker, Goucher College
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-02-15:
Defining political history as "the subject of who gets elected to office and what they do with the powers granted to them by voters, law, and constitutions," this resource presents approximately 190 essays on various aspects of American politics by some 170 scholars. Each signed, five- to eight-page article includes a brief bibliography of additional resources. Topics range from advertising, cartooning, and gender and sexuality to Iraq wars, think tanks, and state governments. The appendix features such miscellaneous information as territory, statehood, population, presidential election results, cabinet members by administration, and American war statistics. Written for "readers at all levels of knowledge," the essays contain basic, accurate but only partially complete information. For example, Attorney Gen. John D. Ashcroft (2001-05) has been left off the list of George W. Bush's cabinet members, and web site references and presidential biographical information have been excluded. Bottom Line This is a good, although pricey, complement to Carl C. Hodge and Cathal J. Nolan's U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy: From 1789 to the Present. It serves as a useful introduction to American politics but provides the kind of information already available in numerous other sources, making it an optional purchase for most libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2010-05-01:
Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information. The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History amply fulfills both of those functions with (at first glance) a relatively brief inventory of 187 alphabetically arranged major entries. The discerning user soon discovers a 28-page index, which supplements the entries by listing personal, corporate, and geographical names, along with more discrete topics. This source contains an 8-page roster of 170 contributors, most of whom are established practitioners in their fields, along with their academic or institutional affiliations and areas of expertise. This editorial decision helps to satisfy the encyclopedia's goal of offering informed interpretations, rather than just factual accounts or summaries of other scholars' views, since many of these contributing historians, journalists, and social scientists are those whose opinions academics seek and cite. Instead of a general, concluding last volume bibliography, essays carry individual suggestions for further reading; in nearly every instance, these are restricted to books and articles in print format.The editors broadly envision politics as "the meaning and uses of power in the public sphere and the competition to gain that power." Political history embraces the influence that the larger forces of popular culture, religion, regional context, economic interests, and categories of social identity have exerted on electoral and institutional changes. Limiting such an endeavor to two volumes necessarily results in a less than universal, although nevertheless masterful, product. Cross-references, black-and-white illustrations (which, unlike the essays, bear descriptions rather than interpretations), maps, and appendixes (comprising basic constitutional documents, occupants of federal executive and judicial positions, and congressional party strength) all serve to make this work an important source for researchers at all levels to consult for introductory information. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. F. J. Augustyn Jr. Library of Congress
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I can think of no better introduction to American politics thanThe Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. The editors, led by the distinguished historian Michael Kazin, have done a superb job of balancing traditional and innovative approaches to their subject and in assembling essays that are authoritative, insightful, and accessible. This work will quickly become an indispensable guide to the political institutions, ideas, issues, and movements that have shaped and sometimes convulsed the United States across its history. A major accomplishment.
Seldom can anyone in any area of American history say that there is not some competing or closely related work in the field. But the editors of this encyclopedia can in fact do so. This is a useful, significant, and enduring reference book in an important area of American history. It will be used by general readers, students from high school through graduate school, and of course scholars.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political Historywill appeal both to libraries (at the local, school, and university level) and to readers outside the field, as well as to students and teachers at every level.
[T]his encyclopedia offers accessible, thorough, and enlightening coverage of political history in the U.S. from colonial times through the 'conservative ascendancy' period, which ended 2008 with the election of Barak Obama. . . . The use of varying fonts and types makes the work visually appealing. Highly recommended for those interested in politics and history in public and academic libraries. -- Booklist
[This] is a fine specimen of modern bookwork: the two quarto volumes are well printed on thick paper, the pages are sewn and firmly anchored and the text block is sandwiched between heavy boards. If it is not abused, this set should last a hundred years. It is written in plain English and easy to use.
"[This] is a fine specimen of modern bookwork: the two quarto volumes are well printed on thick paper, the pages are sewn and firmly anchored and the text block is sandwiched between heavy boards. If it is not abused, this set should last a hundred years. It is written in plain English and easy to use."-- John Kendall, Reference Reviews
[This] is a fine specimen of modern bookwork: the two quarto volumes are well printed on thick paper, the pages are sewn and firmly anchored and the text block is sandwiched between heavy boards. If it is not abused, this set should last a hundred years. It is written in plain English and easy to use. -- John Kendall, Reference Reviews
"Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information. The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History amply fulfills both of those functions. . . . [M]any of these contributing historians, journalists, and social scientists are those whose opinions academics seek and cite. . . . [M]asterful. . . . [A]n important source for researchers at all levels to consult for introductory information."-- Choice
Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information. The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History amply fulfills both of those functions. . . . [M]any of these contributing historians, journalists, and social scientists are those whose opinions academics seek and cite. . . . [M]asterful. . . . [A]n important source for researchers at all levels to consult for introductory information. -- Choice
Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information.The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political Historyamply fulfills both of those functions. . . . [M]any of these contributing historians, journalists, and social scientists are those whose opinions academics seek and cite. . . . [M]asterful. . . . [A]n important source for researchers at all levels to consult for introductory information. -- Choice
One of Choice s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2010
[T]his encyclopedia offers accessible, thorough, and enlightening coverage of political history in the U.S. from colonial times through the 'conservative ascendancy' period, which ended 2008 with the election of Barak Obama. . . . The use of varying fonts and types makes the work visually appealing. Highly recommended for those interested in politics and history in public and academic libraries.
"[T]his encyclopedia offers accessible, thorough, and enlightening coverage of political history in the U.S. from colonial times through the 'conservative ascendancy' period, which ended 2008 with the election of Barak Obama. . . . The use of varying fonts and types makes the work visually appealing. Highly recommended for those interested in politics and history in public and academic libraries."-- Booklist
Broad in scope, this two-volume encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today.
"Broad in scope, this two-volume encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today."-- Blackwells Recommends
Broad in scope, this two-volume encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today. -- Blackwells Recommends
Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information. The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History amply fulfills both of those functions. . . . [M]any of these contributing historians, journalists, and social scientists are those whose opinions academics seek and cite. . . . [M]asterful. . . . [A]n important source for researchers at all levels to consult for introductory information.
Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information.The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political Historyamply fulfills both of those functions. . . . [M]any of these contributing historians, journalists, and social scientists are those whose opinions academics seek and cite. . . . [M]asterful. . . . [A]n important source for researchers at all levels to consult for introductory information.
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Summaries
Main Description
An essential resource for anyone interested in U.S. history and politics, this two-volume encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today. Broad in scope, the book addresses both the traditional topics of political history--such as eras, institutions, political parties, presidents, and founding documents--and the wider subjects of current scholarship, including military, electoral, and economic events, as well as social movements, popular culture, religion, education, race, gender, and more. Each article, specially commissioned for this book, goes beyond basic facts to provide readers with crucial context, expert analysis, and informed perspectives on the evolution of American politics. Written by more than 170 leading historians and social scientists, The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History gives students, scholars, and researchers authoritative introductions to the subject's most important topics and a first step to further research. Features nearly 190 entries, organized alphabetically and written by a distinguished team of scholars, including Dean Baker, Lewis L. Gould, Alexander Keyssar, James T. Kloppenberg, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Lisa McGirr, Mark A. Noll, Jack N. Rakove, Nick Salvatore, Stephen Skowronek, Jeremi Suri, and Julian E. Zelizer Describes key political periods and eras, from the founding to the present day Traces the history of political institutions, parties, and founding documents Explains ideas, philosophies, and movements that shaped American politics Presents the political history and influence of geographic regions Describes the roles of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the political process Explores the influence of mass culture, from political cartoons to the Internet Examines recurring issues that shape political campaigns and policy, from class, gender, and race to crime, education, taxation, voting, welfare, and much more Includes bibliographies, cross-references, appendixes, a comprehensive index, and more than 50 illustrations and maps
Main Description
An essential resource for anyone interested in U.S. history and politics, this two-volume encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today. Broad in scope, the book addresses both the traditional topics of political history--such as eras, institutions, political parties, presidents, and founding documents--and the wider subjects of current scholarship, including military, electoral, and economic events, as well as social movements, popular culture, religion, education, race, gender, and more.Each article, specially commissioned for this book, goes beyond basic facts to provide readers with crucial context, expert analysis, and informed perspectives on the evolution of American politics. Written by more than 170 leading historians and social scientists,The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political Historygives students, scholars, and researchers authoritative introductions to the subject's most important topics and a first step to further research. Features 190 entries, organized alphabetically and written by a distinguished team of scholars, including Dean Baker, John Patrick Diggins, Lewis Gould, Alex Keyssar, James Kloppenberg, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Lisa McGirr, Mark Noll, Jack Rakove, Nick Salvatore, Stephen Skowronek, Jeremi Suri, and Julian Zelizer Describes key political periods and eras, from the founding to the present day Traces the history of political institutions, parties, and founding documents Explains ideas, philosophies, and movements that shaped American politics Presents the political history and influence of geographic regions Describes the roles of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the political process Explores the influence of mass culture, from political cartoons to the Internet Examines recurring issues that shape political campaigns and policy, from class, gender, and race to crime, education, taxation, voting, welfare, and much more Includes bibliographies, cross-references, appendixes, a comprehensive index, and more than 50 illustrations and maps
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Broad in scope, this book addresses both traditional topics of political history & wider subjects of current scholarship, including military, electoral & economic events, as well as social movements, popular culture, religion, education, race & gender.

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