Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

World War II: The Essential Reference Guide

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

World War II: The Essential Reference Guide

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World War II: The Essential Reference Guide. By Priscilla Roberts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 411 p. acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069-101-7). E-book available (978-1-61069-102-4), call for pricing.

The global scale of World War II and the dramatic ways in which it shaped the world we live in today ensure that it will long be a subject of fascination and research. Its very immensity can make the subject daunting to those who have only a basic understanding of what took place. The compilation of entries within World War II: The Essential Reference Guide offers a comforting yet thorough overview of the significant people, places, organizations, and events of the war.

This single volume work begins with an essay outlining the course of the war and another essay examining its causes. Alphabetically organized signed entries follow. Each entry consists of a substantial essay devoted to a large-scale topic. The entries conclude with a "see also" list of other potential entries of interest and references to outside sources. Illustrations and maps supplement the text and add another layer of understanding. The volume concludes with primary source documents, an appendix investigating historical dilemmas of the war, a chronology of events, and an index. …

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