Americans at War, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028659937
  • ISBN-13: 9780028659930
  • DDC: 973
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 1196 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released December 2004
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005

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This unique, four-volume set explains to students how mobilization for war and how wars themselves have altered the fabric of everyday life. Written by scholars in the fields of history, literature and the arts, sociology, law, political science and psychology, the encyclopedia places major American conflicts -- from the Colonial Wars through the War on Terrorism -- in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the homefront. Articles include biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory and national identity, civic celebrations and monumental art, literature, the roles of women and minorities, veterans, science and technology, humor, and music.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 002865806X | ISBN-13: 9780028658063


"Helpful sections include a table a table of contents, a roster of contributors, a preface, an introduction, and an index. A typical entry covers a number of associated topics and has an almost full-page illustration and a good bibliography. Highly recommended." --Choice, July/August 2005

— Choice

"Thomson Gale has become one of the foremost publishers of high-quality reference resources today and this work is an excellent example. All of the well-known historical events and people are covered, but the set also includes some of the more obscure historical figures. The inclusion of such unique information makes this set stand apart from the rest. Recommended." --Library Media Connection, October 2005

— Library Media Connection

"Considering the encyclopedia's interesting approach, relevant and timely introduction, and the importance of its subject, this work will be a welcome addition to any academic or large public library collection and is highly recommended." --ARBA, March 2006


"Both high school and college-level history collections as well as specialty libraries will consider the four- volume set Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront to be an essential acquisition: each volume packs in an A-Z encyclopedic reference with sidebars of information and plenty of bibliographic references for further reading. From the battle histories of historical monuments such as Bunker Hill to the history and symbolism of various flags, occupation patterns during the Civil War and their lasting effects, medicine during World War I, and sports during World War II, each volume in the series tackles major social and cultural developments of different wartime experiences, reaching deep into the heart of war's effects at home. Highly recommended." --California Bookwatch, March 2006

— Midwest Book Review

"Each A-Z volume covers a broad period in the social and military history of the US. Also included are chronologies, synoptic outlines of events, glossaries, and sections of primary source documents. Though students would have to know which volume the war they are researching falls in, this is a useful tool for background knowledge." --Pennsylvania School Librarians Associations, May 2006

— Pennsylvania School Librarians Association