Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Paul Finkelman, Joseph C. Miller
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 002864607X
  • ISBN-13: 9780028646077
  • DDC: 306.3
  • Shipping Weight: 8.00 lbs ( 3.63 kgs)
  • Print | Hardcover
  • © 1999 | Published

About

Overview

Spanning historical eras and continents, the Encyclopedia covers all including the stories and cultures of the individuals involved, its complex history, and its colossal impact. Not just for the specialist, this Encyclopedia provides the general reader with the most current and accurate information on the people and civilizations affected by slavery. From history and legislation to art, music, and literature, this two-volume work describes everything from religious perspectives on slavery to the health and education of slaves.

Contributors

Contributors

  • Paul Finkelman
  • Joseph C. Miller

Reviews

"More organized and accessible than either The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery [ABC-CLIO] or A Historical Guide to World Slavery [Oxford], two recent references on this subject. It also includes more entries and has more academic contributors ..." -- Library Journal (January 1999)

— Library Journal

"An alphabetical listing of articles precedes the text, and a synoptic outline follows it. By organizing the entries under nine major headings, each with subsections, the outline provides an overview of the encyclopedia’s structure...a timeline of slavery, 25 maps, and a general bibliography are also Included."-- CHOICE (July/August 1999)

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"Because each set covers many topics not found in the other, larger libraries should have both...The more scholarly Macmillan encyclopedia is recommended for public and academic libraries."-- Booklist/RBB (May 1, 1999)

— Booklist

"...an important addition to the current literature available on world slavery and other types of human bondage." -- RUSQ (Summer 1999)

— RUSQ

"While no one source can truly ever be comprehensive on a topic as far-reaching and affecting as slavery, the Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery is a thoughtfully put-together resource which effectively attempts this feat."-- RUSQ (Summer 1999)

— RUSQ

"The Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery has many outstanding features that make it a very important and easy-to-use work."-- RUSQ (Summer 1999)

— RUSQ

"...recommended as a worthwhile purchase for all types of libraries, especially public libraries seeking a very functional and informative resource."-- RUSQ (Summer 1999)

— RUSQ

"Gr 9 Up -- Admirably comprehensive and scholarly, and splendidly organized..."--School Library Journal (May 1999)

— School Library Journal

"...this publication has several features that make it easier to use than that [ABC-CLIO] resource."--School Library Journal (May 1999)

— School Library Journal

"While many subjects are effectively covered in both encyclopedias, Macmillan editors have chosen more inclusive topics...it is also helpful to find the writers in this encyclopedia listed with the entry titles for which they are responsible."--School Library Journal (May 1999)

— School Library Journal

"Altogether, the Macmillan work is better organized and is recommended as a first purchase or as a valuable complement to Rodriguez’s book."--School Library Journal (May 1999)

— School Library Journal

"The obvious question to pose to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery is: what does it offer in the wake of the recent Historical Guide to World Slavery [Oxford...] and the Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery [ABC-CLIO...]? The answer turns out to be: a good deal."-- Rettig on Reference (January 1999)

— Rettig on Reference

"Macmillan provides the strongest coverage of slavery in England’s NorthAmerican Colonies and the United States prior to the conclusion of the Civil War.... Another strength of the new encyclopedia is its topical articles that survey a topic across centuries and/or cultures."-- Rettig on Reference (January 1999)

— Rettig on Reference

"The new encyclopedia’s signed, scholarly articles, thoroughly indexed thematically as well as by subject, ought to be the first of these three fine sources librarians turn to."-- Rettig on Reference (January 1999)

— Rettig on Reference

"...features excellent cross references, lengthy and detailed entries (e.g. Demographic Analysis of Slaves and Slavery, Perspectives on Slavery), and signed bibliographies for each entry."-- Library Journal (January 1999)

— Library Journal

"A welcome addition to the reference collection on slavery in every library."-- Library Journal (January 1999)

— Library Journal

"Macmillan complements two other recent reference works on slavery: the more specialized A Historical Guide to World Slavery...and The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery...which is similar in format and scope but omits certain useful entries found in Macmillan (e.g Bartholomé de Albornoz, wet nurses, headright system)."-- CHOICE (July/August 1999)

— Choice

"The editors and contributors succeed in summarizing ’current knowledge about all forms of human bondage throughout the world.’ "-- CHOICE (July/August 1999)

— Choice

"Recommended for undergraduates and above."-- CHOICE (July/August 1999)

— Choice

"Designed for a wide audience, from high-schoolers and general readers to students at the undergraduate and graduate level to professional historians... its 550 alphabetically arranged entries provide geographical, historical, legal, biographical, cultural, social, and religious perspective."-- Booklist/RBB (May 1, 1999)

— Booklist

"Although coverage in both [Macmillan and ABC-CLIO] is quite similar, there are important differences. ABC-CLIO, with approximately 100 more entries, tends to cover more specific topics in shorter articles. A good example is its discussion of abolition, which is spread across a number of separate entries; Macmillan has one long article, ’abolition and anti-slavery movements’. Macmillan takes the in-depth approach with other topics as well. The entry ’Africa’ is 25 pages; ABC-CLIO covers it in two. Both sets have entries not found in the other...ABC-CLIO has entries far more people than Macmillan; Macmillan has entries for almost 40 U.S. states. Macmillan generally has more coverage of cultural topics...The Macmillan article on slavery and Nazism is longer than that in ABC-CLIO and includes a more scholarly list of references."-- Booklist/RBB (May 1, 1999)

— Booklist