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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History


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Also available as an e-reference edition in the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf from March 2008

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Bonnie G. Smith is a Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and has published widely.


Edited by Smith (history, Rutgers, Univ.; The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice), these four volumes combine scholarship from the relatively new fields of world history and women's history to produce a thoughtful, thorough, and accessible survey of women in world history to which some 900 researchers from 50-plus countries have contributed. The nearly 1250 entries range in size from single-page biographies to in-depth analyses with multiple subsections, and each conclude with a selected bibliography. The entries follow one of three approaches to world history: geographic, focusing on governments from prehistory to the present; comparative, emphasizing universal experiences such as disability and religion; and connective, exploring the interactions among peoples through experiences such as migration and globalization. A topical index clarifies and concretizes these approaches by dividing the entries into nine conceptual categories, e.g., "Geography and Ethnicity" and "Comparative Culture and Society." Additionally, there are 650 line illustrations, a detailed chronology of women's history, and a comprehensive index. The work's breath and depth make it a perfect candidate for keyword searching and an excellent addition to Oxford's Digital Reference Shelf online platform. If the online version is purchased as part of the Premium Collection, its biographical content can be supplemented by cross-searching all other titles in that collection. BOTTOM LINE Smith does an admirable job of summarizing and synthesizing a vast academic literature in clear, jargon-free language that will engage scholars and general readers alike. Because the biographical entries are intentionally brief and selective, libraries will want to complement the print version with a similarly strong biographical reference work, such as the 17-volume Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia (Yorkin, 2002). Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. [e-ISBN 978-0-1953-3786-0; available electronically through Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. For more information on this title and all its purchasing options, visit]—Nadine Cohen, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

'The Encyclopedia of Women in World History' is a wonderful compendium of information... 'The Encyclopedia of Women in History' is a landmark reference book that should be stocked in every university. Times Higher Education. June Purvis.

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