Reference Book of the Week: The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War
Welcome to another edition of Reference Book of the Week here at The Patriot Spot. Following the July theme of celebrating America's independence, we are featuring a great work on the topic: The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History. This five-volume set is a standard work for learning about the American Revolution. The work features over 1,000 signed entries arranged in alphabetical order. Each entry includes a small list of references for further reading as well as cross-references to other terms in the work. Entries are written by scholars from a variety of disciplines. The work also features illustrations and maps. You can learn about prominent persons, key battles and events, cultural and political developments of the time. The fifth volume in the set is a compilation of primary source documents from the era. This last volume makes a very good complement to the rest of the work. Not only can you read essays about the various events, people, places, and so on, but you can also read some of the writings of the time. The work overall covers the time span from the end of the French and Indian War to George Washington becoming the first President of the United States. Unlike other narrower works, this encyclopedia looks at the War of American Independence from a wide perspective considering not just the war itself but the political and social issues as well. You can find this excellent work in the library's Reference Collection in the second floor. The call number is E 208 .E64 2006.