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Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1598841077
ISBN-10: 1598841076
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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-This encyclopedia opens with six lengthy essays covering the history of the church from before its founding in 1830 to the present. The essays are followed by more than 100 shorter articles under the separate headings of "Events," "People," and "Issues." Both the essays and articles are well researched and fully referenced and, on the whole, either favorable or neutral in their opinions of the church. (They are also signed, and most of the contributors are prominent Mormon historians.) Controversial issues, such as polygamy, are handled objectively and explored more extensively than other topics. "Non-Mormon Views of Mormonism" and "Mormonism and Other Faiths" are also considered. Occasional use of church-specific jargon occurs without explanation. The volume concludes with a detailed chronology; a lengthy, "selected" bibliography; a list of contributors; and a thorough index. A few photocopy-quality black-and-white photographs and captioned maps illustrate the volume. A useful resource.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This concise encyclopedia is one of several Mormon reference works published since 2000. Most resemble Scarecrow’s Historical Dictionary of Mormonism (3d ed., 2008) itsA–Z approach. This volume charts a different path, and it is one that researchers may enjoy. In fact, they might actually read it from cover to cover. The organizing principle involves four large categories: “Eras,” “Events,” “People,” and “Issues.” Within each category are encyclopedia-like articles—each one signed by its contributor and including recommended resources. For example, there are six articles in the “Eras” section, beginning with “Foundation (1820–1830)” and ending with “Expansion (1941–Present).” In section 2, “Events,” the list of entries is selective. Approximately 30 of the church’s most noteworthy happenings receive attention, including events like Joseph Smith’s First Vision in 1820 and his martyrdom in 1844. Similarly, the “People” section profiles the most notable members of the LDS Church, only two of whom are still living (and excluding Mitt Romney). The “Issues” section is the longest—not necessarily because of the number of entries but because of the more substantive treatment each one receives. Readers will find here subjects that demand inclusion, such as Mormon missiology, Mormonism and race, and Polygamy. Overall, the volume is tailor-made for those wanting information on the most prominent figures, the most influential moments, and the hottest topics. In other words, it has little in common with Daniel Ludlow’s massive four-volume Encyclopedia of Mormonism (1992). Also worth mentioning are the 16-page chronology and 14-page bibliography that conclude the work. A very nice addition for libraries with little need for a multivolume set on Mormonism. Also available as an e-book. --Wade Osburn
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 449 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO (August 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598841076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598841077
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,561,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There isn't much about this work to recommend it at the asking price. It is very general, and has only a limited number of articles under the events and persons category. Honestly, Wikipedia provides the same information. The bibliography and chronology as well are sparse. I got this from interlibrary loan previous to purchasing it. Thank goodness!!! I would have been very disappointed had I spent $20, let alone $85. I have been doing extensive research in early Mormon history, for years and am familiar with the field and the sources. This will not be an essential source or frequently cited reference, despite its distinguished list of contributors. The issues essays are of better quality, but are often slightly apologetic in tone. If you want to peruse this book, get it from the library. If it shows up used for a reasonable price, I would consider purchasing it. Even the Kindle price is simply outrageous for the content/quality of the work!!!
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