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The European Encyclopedia
From 1650 to the Twenty-First Century

  • Date Published: June 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108576291

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  • First taking shape during the seventeenth century, the European encyclopedia was an alphabetical book of knowledge. For the next three centuries, printed encyclopedias in the European tradition were an element of culture and peoples' lives, initially just among Europe's educated elite but ultimately through much of the literate world. Organized around themes such as genre, economics, illustration, and publishing, The European Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive survey of encyclopedias to be written in English in more than fifty years. Engaging with printed encyclopedias, now largely extinct and the object of nostalgia, as well as the global phenomenon of Wikipedia, Jeff Loveland brings together encyclopedias from multiple languages (notably English, French, and German, amongst others). This book will be of interest to anyone, from academics in the humanities to non-academic readers, with an interest in encyclopedias and their history.

    • Provides the first comprehensive history of the European encyclopedia to be written in English for over fifty years
    • Delivers a study of encyclopedias from multiple languages (notably English, French, and German, but also others)
    • Organized thematically, readers can get a broad sense of how encyclopedias evolved and compared with one another in a given area
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    'A highly readable account of the many permutations of a genre that became familiar to a wide public. The thematic approach is innovative, and the research is mind-boggling in its extent, with coverage of dozens of encyclopedias in several languages. Loveland has written a major contribution to the history of encyclopedism.' Kathleen Hardesty Doig, Georgia State University

    'The great fields of the history of knowledge and the histories of print and digital culture have had the encyclopedic tradition on their horizons forever: a jumbled and forbidding mass of peaks (the Encyclopédie, Britannica, Zedler, Larousse, Wikipedia …), never explored as a whole. This book surveys it in a map of wonderful clarity, fascinating in itself and a sure guide for decades of future exploration.' John Considine, University of Alberta

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108576291
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Genres of encyclopedias
    2. The contents of encyclopedias
    3. Size, price, and the economics of encyclopedias
    4. Preparing an encyclopedia
    5. The organization of encyclopedias
    6. Illustrations in encyclopedias
    7. Authorship in encyclopedias
    8. Publishing an encyclopedia
    9. Readers and users of encyclopedias
    10. Encyclopedias after print.

  • Author

    Jeff Loveland, University of Cincinnati
    Jeff Loveland is Professor in Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of numerous articles on encyclopedias as well as An Alternative Encyclopedia? Dennis de Coetlogon's Universal History of Arts and Sciences (2010). With Frank Kafker, he also co-edited The Early Britannica: The Growth of an Outstanding Encyclopedia (2009).

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