Review by Choice Review
The most recent (and unfortunately pricey) reference book on the American Revolution. Narrower in scope but greater in depth than Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America, ed. by J. M. Faragher (CH, Jul'90) and more traditional than Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, ed. by J. P. Greene and J. R. Pole (CH, Jul'92), this work updates and broadens the scope of such standards as M. M. Boatner's Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (CH, Dec'74) or those entries in Dictionary of American History (1976) that treat the Revolution. This set covers in depth all military and naval aspects of the war, and places the Revolution in global context, with many entries on worldwide conquest and on European, Mexican, Caribbean, and East Indian diplomacy. For major battles or minor skirmishes alike, the book provides pertinent data and up-to-date bibliography. Biographies of people from many ethnic backgrounds, well known or obscure, are included. Much valuable information on military history is provided: military medicine, supply, equipment, tactics, music, strategy, chaplains, uniforms, camp followers. There is an excellent glossary of military terms, many maps, and an index of major entries. These volumes augment and enhance standard reference sources. Highly recommended. D. D. Siles; Wells College
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