Great Lives from History: The 20th Century

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10 Volumes, 5,280 Pages
1,334 Articles & 246 Sidebars
1,049 Photos
Primary Source Quotes
Regional and World Maps
Rulers & Heads of State List
Pronunciation Guide
Chronological List of Entries
Category Index
Geographical Index
Personages Index
Subject Index

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This title replaces the twentieth century biographies from Dictionary of World Biography: 20th Century(3 vols., 1999) while expanding coverage by more than 25 percent. Additional value has been added in the form of updated bibliographies, maps, sidebars, new appendixes, and an overhauled essay format that adds new ready-reference data.

260+ New Entries
160+ Updated Entries
Addition of 57 new articles on women
275+ Sidebars & Quotations from Primary Sources
New Rulers and Heads of State List
Pronunciations Provided for Unfamiliar Names
All Essays Updated
All Bibliographies Updated

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Editor: Robert F. Gorman, Texas State
September 2008 · 10 volumes · 5,280 pages · 8"x10"

Includes Online Database with Print Purchase
ISBN: 978-1-58765-345-2
# of Pages: 5280
# of Volumes: 10
Print List Price: $795
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Great Lives from History:
The 20th Century

In-depth critical essays on important women and men in all areas of achievement from around the world. Plus complimentary online access to the full content of this great reference.

Ten volumes, including 5,200 pages
1,300 articles and 275 sidebars
Hundreds of photos, illustrations and graphs
Appendixes, indexes and resource listings

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Great Lives from History: The 20th Century, 1901-2000 is the culminating set in Salem's Great Lives series. It is also a key element in the launch of Salem History, the new online database available free to purchasers of the print edition.

The Great Lives Series
The 20th Century is the eighth installment in the revised and expanded Great Lives series, which provides in-depth critical, biographical essays from around the world. This ten-volume set offers 1,330 extensive biographies of major personages in world history (many still living) from 1901-2000.

Scope & Coverage
This set's scope is broad, both geographically and in terms of areas of achievement. The personages covered are identified with one or more of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia.

The set provides coverage in areas of achievement as well as geography, and includes those persons recognized for shaping history, coverage that is essential in any liberal arts curriculum. Major world leaders appear here, as well as the giants of religious faith who were central to the century: philosophers, educators, artists, scientists, and activists who left their imprint on political as well as spiritual institutions. The set also includes figures who have received little attention in the past, particularly women and people of color in all areas of achievement.

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
indicating 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
were accomplished.

"Significance" is an overview of the individual's place in history.

"Further Reading" is an annotated bibliography.

"See also" lists cross-references to essays in the set covering
related personages.

"Related articles" lists essays of interest in Salem's companion
publication, Great Events from History: The 20th Century

Special Features
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 all volumes.

Key to Pronunciation: A key to in-text pronunciation appears in
all volumes.

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 20th century.

The back matter to Volume 10 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 20th
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
Women's Rights.

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.