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Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000 / Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief.

Contributor(s): Stearns, Peter N.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Scribner, c2001Description: 6 v. : ill. ; 28 cm.ISBN: 0684805820 (set : alk. paper); 9780684805825 (set : alk. paper); 0684805774 (vol. 1); 9780684805771 (vol. 1); 0684805782 (vol. 2); 9780684805788 (vol. 2); 0684805790 (vol. 3); 9780684805795 (vol. 3); 0684805804 (vol. 4); 9780684805801 (vol. 4); 0684805812 (vol. 5); 9780684805818 (vol. 5); 0684806452 (vol. 6); 9780684806457 (vol. 6).Subject(s): Europe -- Social conditions -- Encyclopedias | Europe -- Social life and customs -- Encyclopedias | Social history -- EncyclopediasAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000.DDC classification: 306/.094/03 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
v. 1. Methods and theoretical approaches ; The periods of social history ; Regions, nations, and peoples ; Europe and the world -- v. 2 Processes of social change ; Population and geography ; Cities and urbanization ; Rural life ; State and society -- v. 3. Social structure ; Social protest ; Deviance, crime, and social control ; Social problems and social reform -- v. 4. Gender ; The family and age groups ; Sexuality ; Body and mind ; Work -- v. 5. Culture and popular culture ; Modern recreation and leisure ; Religion ; Education and literacy ; Everyday life -- v. 6. Biographies ; Directory of contributors ; Index.
Review: "Covering the period from the beginning of the Renaissance to the present, this encyclopedia consists of 209 signed articles and nearly 300 biographical entries. The set is thoroughly indexed, amply illustrated, and a joy to read. Graduate students will find it useful as an introduction to historiography while advanced high school students will enjoy the articles on historical topics."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index (v. 6).

"Covering the period from the beginning of the Renaissance to the present, this encyclopedia consists of 209 signed articles and nearly 300 biographical entries. The set is thoroughly indexed, amply illustrated, and a joy to read. Graduate students will find it useful as an introduction to historiography while advanced high school students will enjoy the articles on historical topics."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.

v. 1. Methods and theoretical approaches ; The periods of social history ; Regions, nations, and peoples ; Europe and the world -- v. 2 Processes of social change ; Population and geography ; Cities and urbanization ; Rural life ; State and society -- v. 3. Social structure ; Social protest ; Deviance, crime, and social control ; Social problems and social reform -- v. 4. Gender ; The family and age groups ; Sexuality ; Body and mind ; Work -- v. 5. Culture and popular culture ; Modern recreation and leisure ; Religion ; Education and literacy ; Everyday life -- v. 6. Biographies ; Directory of contributors ; Index.

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Library Journal Review

Since the 1929 publication of the French journal Annales, social history has gradually become a dominant area of investigation. The social history "paradigm" emphasizes an eclectic study of social processes, popular culture, period "mentalities," revealed where possible by quantitative methodology. Well-known authors, such as Ferdnand Braudel (The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, 1972) and E.P. Thompson (The Making of the English Working Class, 1963), have now given way to a bewildering complex of subjects, style, method, and period. The great value of this encyclopedia is to consolidate much of this work in some 209 articles organized in 23 sections. The style is generally clear, and the content is comprehensive. The European emphasis reflects the interests and work of scholars who have produced much social history. Some readers may find the balance of the work somewhat curious, e.g., "Catholicism" in the "Religion" section receives about as much attention as "Animals and Pets" in the "Everyday Life" section. Omissions can also be odd, as in the biography section, which includes Tolstoy but not Dostoyevsky and Mozart but not Beethoven. Finally, maps are not adequate to the needs of the articles, but the illustrations are extensive. Despite these drawbacks, this is a very useful reference. The section on methodology makes an excellent, if indirect, case for social history itself, and overall the treatment of conceptual subjects such as regionalism, periodization, and urbanization will be of particular use to students. Most authors are solidly established scholars, and some, like Charles and Louise Tilly, Emil Niederhauser, and Jeremy Black, are exceptionally prolific. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Zachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Stearns provides a serious resource for the study of European social history, late Middle Ages to the present. The introduction recalls that social history originated as a departure from political history and has been formed by various methods and ideologies, a richness reflected in the diversity of topics covered. Following the front matter, articles are grouped in 23 sections, each containing several entries; articles are by reputable scholars and have extensive bibliographies. Sections include "Methods and Theoretical Approaches," "Europe and the World," "Processes of Social Change," "Social Protest," "Deviance, Crime and Social Control," "Body and Mind," "Culture and Popular Culture." The sixth volume contains biographies, ranging from Descartes to Lloyd George, a roster of contributors, and an extensive general index. The latter helps counterbalance the set's subject architecture for readers seeking topical information. No topic--"Banditry," "Puberty," "Toys and Games"--is too small to receive attention. The methodological section is particularly welcome for its coverage of the Annales paradigm, cliometrics, and gender theory, to name but three topics. The only portion of the set that seems superfluous is the biographical volume; most of its figures (like Queen Victoria) are covered elsewhere. Individual readers may find one or another article flawed; e.g., Constance Bouchard's article "Medieval Heritage" gives too little attention to rural life. Nonetheless, this set has much that will help acquaint students and researchers with the spectrum of topics in the field. Essential for all academic and research libraries. T. M. Izbicki Johns Hopkins University

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