From Library Journal
-Col. William D. Bushnell, USMC (ret.), Brunswick, ME
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Among the more than 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries are accounts of several hundred historical battles and events. Other articles cover concepts, such as National security and Just war theory; the armed services (including such entries as Ethnicity and race in the military and Gay men and lesbians in the military); and histories of weapons and materials. In addition, there are discussions relating to social and economic perspectives, law and ethics, dissent, and popular culture, as well as several hundred biographies. Coverage extends from colonial times to the crisis in Kosovo and Bosnia in 1999. Entries vary from a few hundred words to several thousand words in length. Longer entries, such as Civil War, are frequently broken down into chapters.
A typical entry will have asterisks in the text denoting cross-references. Many entries also have See also references at the end, as well as bibliographies of current books and an occasional periodical. There are no illustrations. Rounding out the volume are a detailed index and several appendixes. The first appendix consists of five line maps depicting the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War II in Europe and the Pacific, and Vietnam. A second appendix contains a table showing casualties in conflicts and major wars and another table showing military ranks.
There is a plethora of references on military history but nothing comparable to the Oxford Companion to American Military History. This volume will be useful for students, scholars, and military enthusiasts and should be considered for academic and public libraries.
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