Worldwide coverage of important men and women in all areas of achievement, who flourished between 1701 and 1800. Plus complimentary online access to the full content of this great reference.
Coverage in Great Lives from History: The 18th Century is broad in its variety of areas of achievement as well as geographical scope, with a worldwide focus that includes extensive coverage of non-Europeans and women. Of course, the set includes the recognized shapers of history essential in any liberal arts curriculum. Its lengthy essays provide in-depth biographies, including annotated bibliographical resources.
Scope & Coverage
Major world leaders appear here, as well as the giants of religious faith who were central to the century: philosophers, educators, and theologians who left their imprint on political as well as spiritual institutions. What makes this resource unique is the inclusion of figures who have received little attention in the past, from Abd al-Wahhab to Peg Woffington and Yongzheng.
Each essay ranges from 1,500 to 3,000 words in length (roughly 6-10 pages) and displays standard ready-reference top matter offering easy access to biographical information:
Finding Aids & 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 appears in both volumes.
- Key to Pronunciation: A key to in-text pronunciation appears in both 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 eighteenth century.
The back matter of Volume 2 includes several appendices and indexes:
- Rulers and Heads of State, a geographically arranged set of tables listing major world rulers and leaders, including their 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 and Albania to the Ukraine and Wales.
- 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.