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Editor: John Powell, Oklahoma Baptist University
October 2006 · 4 volumes · 2,676 pages · 8"x10"
Great Lives from History:
The 19th Century
Worldwide coverage of important men and women in all areas of achievement who flourished between 1801 and 1900. Plus complimentary online access to the full content of this great reference.
THE PRINTED REFERENCE
Four volumes, including 2,676 pages
737 Biographies plus sidebars and primary source quotes
Hundreds of photos, illustrations and graphs
Appendixes, indexes and resource listings
Unlimited users at your library
Full access from home or dorm-room
Immediate access via online registration
A simple, intuitive interface
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Complete content, including appendixes
The lengthy essays in this set provide in-depth coverage and annotated bibliographic resources with world wide focus including strong coverage of non-Europeans and women. A total of 737 essays covering 757 major figures including 123 on women make up the set. The 189 sidebars include many quotations to enhance and supplement the text throughout.
Scope & Coverage
Both the geographic and the occupational scope of the individuals covered inGreat Lives from History: The Nineteenth Century,1801-1900 are intentionally broad, with a view to including influential individuals worldwide. The figures covered in these volumes are identified with one or more of the following countries or regions: Africa, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Africa, Norway, Oman, Ottoman Empire, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South America, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales, West Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Coverage is broad in areas of achievement as well as geography, while at the same time including the recognized shapers of history central to any liberal arts curriculum. Major world leaders appear here, as well as the giants of religious faith who dominated the century: monarchs, presidents, popes, philosophers, writers, social reformers, educators, and military leaders who left their imprint on political as well as spiritual institutions. The set also includes figures who have received little attention in the past, from American educator and science writer Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz to Chinese statesman and military leader Zeng Guofan.
By category, the contents include figures whose achievements fall into one or more of the following areas: agriculture essays, architecture, art, astronomy, biology, business, chemistry, church government, communications, crime, diplomacy, economics, education, engineering, entertainment, exploration, geography, geology, government and politics, historiography, journalism, law, linguistics, literature, mathematics, medicine, military, music, patronage of the arts, philanthropy, philosophy, photography, physics, psychology, religion and theology, scholarship, science and technology, social reform, sociology, sports, theater, warfare and conquest, and women's rights.
Organization & Format
Each essay ranges from 1,500 to 3,000 words in length (roughly 3 to 5 pages) and displays standard ready-reference top matter offering easy access to biographical information:
The individual's nationality or ethnicity and occupation or historical role,
including reign dates for rulers.
A summary paragraph highlighting the individual's historical importance
indicates why the person is studied today.
The "Born" and "Died" lines list the most complete dates of birth and
death available, followed by the most precise locations available
"Also known as" lists all known versions of the individual's name
"Area(s) of achievement" lists all categories of contribution, from
Architecture and Art through Social Reform and Theater.
The body of each essay is divided into three parts:
"Early Life" provides facts about the individual's upbringing and the
environment in which he or she was reared
"Life's Work," a straightforward, generally chronological, account of the
period during which the individual's most significant achievements
"Significance" is an overview of the individual's place in history.
"Further Reading" is an annotated bibliography
"See also" lists of cross-references to essays in the set covering
"Related articles" lists essays of interest in Salem's companion
publication, Great Events from History: The 19th Century, 1801-1900
Essay Length and Format
Each essay ranges from 1,500 to 3,000 words in length (roughly 3 to 5 pages) and displays standard ready reference top matter offering easy access to biographical information.
Several features distinguish this series as a whole from other biographical reference works. The front matter includes the following aids:
Complete List of Contents: This alphabetical list of contents appears in
Key to Pronunciation: A key to in text pronunciation appears in
List of Maps and Sidebars.
Maps: The front matter of each volume contains a section of maps
displaying major regions of the world during the 19th century.
The back matter to Volume 2 includes several appendixes and indexes:
Rulers and Heads of State, a geographically arranged set of tables listing
major world rulers and leaders, from ancient times through the
19th century, including their regnal dates or terms of office.
Chronological List of Entries: individuals covered, arranged by birth year.
Category Index: entries by area of achievement, from Architecture to
Geographical Index: entries by country or region, from Africa to Asia,
Europe to the Americas.
Personages Index: an index of all persons, both those covered in the
essays and those discussed within the text.
Subject Index: a comprehensive index including personages, concepts,
books, artworks, terms, battles, civilizations and other topics of
discussion, with full cross references from alternative spellings and to
the Category and Geographical Indexes.