The Blackwell dictionary of historians / edited by John Cannon ... [et al.].

Contributor(s): Cannon, John AshtonMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Blackwell Reference, 1988Description: xiv, 480 p. ; 26 cmISBN: 063114708X; 9780631147084Subject(s): Historians -- Biography -- Dictionaries | Historiography - Biographies - CollectionsDDC classification: 907/.202/2 | B LOC classification: D14 | .B58 1988Other classification: 15.01
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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This fascinating book will become a valued tool of reference for all who are interested in the study of history. Although it contains some 450 biographical entries, from ancient times to the present, including 50 historians still living, this work is more than a biographical dictionary. It also contains 25 historiographical essays covering various nations and regions such as Africa and Japan. Another 19 essays discuss various branchs of history, e.g., legal and social. Other entries define concepts commonly used by historians, like cliometrics and historicism. The well-written and largely objective signed entries were written by a total of 202 contributors, who are also practicing historians. Each entry includes a bibliography for further reading; the biographical entries also list the subject's major works. When appropriate, the entries contain cross-references. There is an index of persons and subjects. This work was planned for an Anglo-American audience; but a helpful, and realistic, number of non-Western subjects also appear. The 450 historians accorded biographical entries were chosen for their importance to the development of history. This judgment is a tricky one. Therefore, most readers will discover some personally disappointing omissions (this reviewer particularly missed finding entries for Matthias Flacius, William Langer, and A.G. Dickens). But these minor considerations should not detract from what is an excellent book that belongs on the shelves of any academic collection and of larger public and high school libraries also. -R. Fritze, Lamar University

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John Cannon and William Doyle are the authors of The Blackwell Dictionary of Historians, published by Wiley.

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