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HIST4800: The World Since 1945: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Library resources to support the course HIST 4800: The World Since 1945, with an emphasis on the "1989" research paper assignment about democratic revolutions at the end of the Cold War.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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This page offers a portal to reference content on social movements from Credo Reference's collection of over 600 full-text reference titles, along with other subscription resources available from the Cheng Library. A good starting point for getting oriented to your topic.


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, 2nd ed. / edited by Archie Brown, Michael Kaser and Gerald S. Smith ; associate editor, Patricia Brown ; [consultant editor, art and architecture, John. E. Bowlt]. - Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. - xi, 604 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. - Maps on lining papers. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 570-579) and index. - Call Number: REF DK14.C35
'This one-volume reference provides essays covering the physical environment, the peoples, history, art and architecture, language and literature, cultural life, the sciences, politics, the economy, society, military power, and international relations.


The Cold War, 1945-1991 / ed. by Benjamin Frankel, - Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. - 3 v. : ill. ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and indexes. - Call Number: REF D839.5.C65
A major reference work on the Cold War years, these three volumes include "lengthy analytical biographies of 283 important world political and military leaders from the last half of the 20th century. Volume 1 focuses on the US and Europe. Volume 2 covers the USSR, China, communist East Europe and Asia, and the Third World; and Volume 3 includes a 120-page narrative history of the Cold War, a chronology, a glossary, a list of manuscript and oral history collections, and a bibliography of additional research sources" [Choice]. Global in scope.


Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000 / Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief. - New York: Scribner, 2001. - 6 v. : ill. ; 28 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index (v. 6). - Call Number: REF HN373.E63
Covering the period from the beginning of the Renaissance to the present, this six-volume encyclopedia consists of 209 signed articles and nearly 300 biographical entries. The set is thoroughly indexed and amply illustrated.


The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History / ed. by Spencer Tucker with Priscilla Roberts et al., - Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008. - 5 v. (xxxviii, 1969 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 1517-1523) and index. - Call Number: REF D840.E63
This five-volume encyclopedia features 1,290 entries by over 200 contributors. It also includes 350 pictures and illustrations, maps, and over 170 select full-text primary source documents in the final volume. A major reference for Cold War history up through its end.


Encyclopedia of World History / Marsha E. Ackermann, et al., - New York: Facts on File, 2008. - 7 v. : ill. ; 28 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index (v. 6). - Call Number: REF D21.E5775
The 6th volume of this set, "The Contemporary World, 1950 to the Present," covers the Cold War and post-Cold War era with a large collection of entries, a useful introductory essay highlighting major global themes, a chronology, and a collection of maps illustrating the period's major events in geographical terms.


An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, 1945-1996 / John E. Jessup. - Westport: Greenwood Press, 1998. - x, 887 p. ; 25 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Call Number: REF D842.J47
A one-volume reference providing "alphabetical coverage of people, places, events, and institutions related to all manner of conflicts from the close of World War II to the mid-1990s," [Choice] including the conflicts and upheavals marking the close of the Cold War era.


Europe since 1945: An Encyclopedia / ed. by Bernard A. Cook, - New York: Garland, 2001. - 2 v. (1400 p.) : ill., maps ; 26 cm. - Call Number: REF D840.E98
Two-volume reference covers a wide variety of topics in Europe's Cold War and post-Cold War era.


The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present / ed. by Immanuel Ness. - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. - 8 v. : ill., maps ; 26 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Call Number: REF JC491.I58
This eight-volume reference work provides "a comprehensive examination of modern-era revolutions, uprisings, and protests, with special attention to the important contributions of the subjugated, disenfranchised, and ideologically motivated people behind these actions. Entries generally range from three to six pages and encompass ideologies, activists, and major historical events. This work's strength is in its coverage of non-Western revolutionary movements and its attention to radical organizations that more traditional works sometimes gloss over" [Choice].


World Conflicts and Confrontations / Charles F. Bahmueller, editor. - Pasadena: Salem Press, 2000. - 4 volumes (v - 1130 p) ill. ; 26 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Call Number: REF D860.W64
The four volumes of this reference work are organized by geographical region and feature 104 essays on individual nations and small groups of nations. The essays provide a context for understanding the sources and dimensions of contemporary conflict, with reference to both the Cold War and post-Cold War geopolitical environment, as well as other factors.


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