Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Government and Politics, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414431554
  • ISBN-13: 9781414431550
  • DDC: 327.003
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released December 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments provides a broad overview of national governments throughout history, explaining their structures and histories, key players and events, and how governments effect---and are affected by---social change.

In two volumes, the set is organized chronologically, by era, into chapters. Chapters include:

  • Early Societies through Classical Civilizations
  • Expanding Cultural Exchange
  • Pre-Modern World
  • Rise of the Colonial Empires
  • Revolutions and the Emergence of Nation-States
  • World Wars and the Rise of Modern Autocracies
  • Postwar Era
  • End of Colonialism
  • Post-Communist World

Each chapter includes an introductory essay on the types of governments emerging at that time followed by government entries grouped under consistent subheads:

  • Type of Government
  • Background
  • Government Structure
  • Political Parties and Factions
  • Major Events
  • Aftermath OR 21st Century

Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments consists of approximately 400 entries, including subject entries and biographies that average about 1,000 words; 350 images, including maps; a chronology; a glossary; sources for further study; and a general index.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141443152X | ISBN-13: 9781414431529


"...a two-volume encyclopedia intended to provide readers with a sense of how historical forces and influences mold governments of the past and present.", August 2008


"I would include this in my library because of the organization, I think, is easy for the reader and the text itself is very informative." --Library Media Connection, November 2008

— Library Media Connection

"This would be a good tool for secondary or college students taking comparative government courses. Recommended." --CHOICE, October 2008

— Choice

"the work is extremely informative and brings new perspectives with an unusual array of categories and rubrics." --ARBA, March 2009


"the work is extremely informative and brings new perspectives with an unusual array of categories and rubrics." --ARBA, June 2008