Review by Choice Review
This new work by Mays (The Citadel, Charleston) complements his Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution (CH, Jul'99, 36-6062). While the earlier work emphasized the Revolutionary War itself, this companion piece is meant to comprehensively cover social, political, and economic events and personalities in the period preceding, during, and after the revolution. Mays takes "a closer look at the causes and consequences" of the revolution; his "concise snapshot of the places, people and events" is significant considering the dearth of similar dictionaries or encyclopedias still in print. Most of the roughly 1,000 entries are brief and dull, yet the dictionary is well cross-referenced and covers many minor political players, phrases, and acts not found in similar works. The gem is the excellent, well-organized bibliography, which makes the dictionary an outstanding research tool. The dictionary has a short chronology and appendixes listing the signers of the Articles of Confederation and Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention attendees, and presidents of Congress. This encyclopedia will be useful for universities that previously purchased the author's 1999 dictionary and those without a dictionary for the period. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. C. H. Becker Jr. Pima Community College
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