Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I purchase The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest for my institution?

Please speak to your librarian and recommend the Encyclopedia to them. Your librarian can order the Encyclopedia direct or through their library supplier. Visit our ordering page to find out more. Please remember that because of their budgets, your librarian will need as much advance notice as possible.

  • What is it about?

This definitive 8-volume reference is a comprehensive print and electronic resource covering the history of protest and revolution over the past 500 years – throughout the modern era of mass movements. From the Peasant’s Revolt in Germany to the Taiping Uprising in China, and from the Enlightenment-inspired revolutions in Europe and America to the anti-colonial revolts of Pancho Villa and the Mau Mau, it covers every major revolution that has altered societies or changed the course of history on a local, regional, national, and international scale. It presents major uprisings and protest movements, and the ideas, ideologies and activists that propelled them, chronicles the manner in which they unfolded, traces their roots, goals, tactics, and influence, and evaluates their successes and failures.
Edited and written by an internationally diverse group of scholars, no other reference examines in such detail or with such breadth the revolts and popular uprisings, large and small, that have transformed our world.

  • How much content is there?

The Encyclopedia is 8 volumes (inclusive of an index volume) comprising 2.7 million words. In the print edition, there are 1520 entries, ranging in length from 200 words to 14,000 words. The online edition includes extra content – 141 additional entries on key figures and movements and the historiography and philosophy of protest and revolution.

Both the print edition and the online edition include over 150 illustrations, maps, and figures. (In the online edition, the illustrations will be in full-color.)

  • Who is it aimed at and how does it help them?

The Encyclopedia is primarily useful for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and teachers of history, political science, and sociology. However, given the comprehensive coverage, and the cross-disciplinary approach, the content will also appeal to those in the fields of women’s studies, economics, and philosophy, among others. The accessible level of writing makes the Encyclopedia a useful reference for readers with a general interest in protest and revolution.

Each entry:

  • Provides a clear explanation and history of the events it covers
  • Situates its subject within the context of contemporary history
  • Outlines the causes and philosophies that drove the events covered
  • Discusses the role of key figures in the shaping of the events
  • Considers the legacy of the events
  • Critically assesses the success of the movement/revolution in attaining its goals
  • Introduces the historiography that has shaped how the events have been viewed through history
  • Includes references to other relevant entries in the encyclopedia
  • Provides suggestions for further reading

Given the features of each entry, the Encyclopedia is helpful to students and general readers in giving them a solid understanding of the issues, events, and key figures comprising the history of protest and revolution. Additionally, the suggestions for further reading provide an excellent portal into further study of the subject.

Similarly, for researchers and teachers, the Encyclopedia is an essential reference and an excellent starting point for research. Individual entries might be useful to include on class reading lists, providing students with a foundational knowledge of a topic before a lecture, and the bibliography and further reading suggestions accompanying each entry will be helpful in both creating reading lists for classes, and for the researcher, in continuing their study of the topic.

  • When was the Encyclopedia first published?

The Encyclopedia was published simultaneously in print and online in April 2009.

  • What is The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online?

The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online is the online version of the 8-volume print publication of the same name.

  • Why should we subscribe to The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online? What functionality is beneficial to users of the online version?

The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest is the definitive reference resource covering the history of protest and revolution over the past 500 years. It is published simultaneously both in print and online versions to provide users with the opportunity to access this key resource in the most convenient manner.

The online edition of the Encyclopedia is housed on a micro-site of Blackwell Reference Online (BRO) and users enjoy the unbeatable functionality of that interface, including:

  • Continuous and immediate 24/7 access to the content
  • An easy and accessible user interface
  • Discoverability of content is excellent, with three different search options, and the ability to search within results
  • Ability to browse entries alphabetically
  • The entries in the bibliography are linked to the customer’s online collection. This means that, if a cited work exists in their collection, the user will be able to click through to it directly
  • Full-color art program
  • All illustrations, maps and figures are available in an image gallery – images here can be opened at full screen size, and provide a useful resource for lecturing
  • Entries print in a clean, easy-to-read format, which includes citation, cross-references, and suggestions for further reading
  • All entries are classified by key topic, subject, place, people, and period. This classification system makes it easy for users to find entries on related themes and topics, and/or that concern a specific place, person or time period
  • Sources cited in the text are hyperlinked to the bibliographic references which appear at the end of the entry
  • Cross-references appearing both in the text of the entry at the end of the entry are hyperlinked to the corresponding entries for ease of navigation
  • The full citation for every entry is given at the end of it for ease of accurate bibliographic citation
  • Ability to add entries to the user’s social bookmarking tools
  • Wiley-Blackwell waives copyright costs for reproduction for personal and student course with an institutional subscription
  • How can I buy The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online?

The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online can be purchased in two ways:

  • An annual subscription with all updates included
  • An outright purchase with an annual fee covering hosting and updates

It is available direct from Wiley-Blackwell. Please ask your librarian to contact us for a quote.

  • How much is The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online?

Pricing is based on institutional size and type. Please ask your librarian to contact us for a quote.

  • How do I know how much my institution will pay?

Please ask your librarian to contact us for a quote. We will require the following 4 pieces of information:

  • The name of your institution
  • Your full institutional address and contact details
  • The type of institution (e.g University, 4 year college, 2 year college, public library, government or corporate school)
  • Size (e.g. FTE enrollment, population served, or number of employees)
  • Can I have a trial of The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online?

Yes! We can arrange a 60 day free trial for you. Please contact us to arrange this. We hope you will also take advantage of our free online demo, which illustrates in microcosm the superior functionality and features of the online version.

  • When can I start my subscription?

You may start your subscription at any time during the year. Subscriptions run for 12 months.

  • How often is the Encyclopedia updated?

The online edition of the Encyclopedia will be updated annually through April 2012.

Updates will include:

    • New entries on relevant events as they occur around the world
    • Updates to existing entries in light of new evidence/events
    • Updating references and bibliographies attached to the entries
    • Corrections to any typographical errors, should these be necessary
  • What is Wiley-Blackwell doing to ensure I can always access The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online?

Wiley-Blackwell is committed to ensuring that their customers continue to have access to resources they have purchased, as well as using robust and scalable systems to deliver The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online. It is looking closely at current options for ensuring archival access to its content.

  • How is access controlled?

The standard options are available including IP address recognition, ATHENS (UK only), library cards, referring URL, and username and password for remote users. If you require further options, please contact us.

  • How do subscribers gain access to the full text of articles?

Once the user is authenticated they will have immediate access to the full text of all articles.

  • Is there a limit to the number of concurrent users?

No. Institutional access is unlimited.

  • Are usage statistics provided?

Yes. When you purchase your subscription, you will be given administrative access to a subscriber services area where you can access a full range of usage statistics. The reports will be COUNTER compatible.

  • What kinds of reference linking does The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online use?

Currently Open URL linking is used. When you purchase your subscription, you will be given administrative access to a subscriber services area where you can add details of your link resolver.

  • What do I keep if I decide in the future to cancel my subscription?

If in the unlikely event you do wish to cancel your access, your options depend on how you have paid for The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online:

  • Subscription customers will no longer be able to access The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online but will have the opportunity to purchase a version for local hosting including all updates included up until the end of the subscription period.
  • Outright purchase customers can request a version for local hosting complete with all updates supplied to date.
  • What are your copyright terms for copying/coursepacks?

We waive copyright costs for personal and student course use.

  • Can users personalize content?

Users can easily add entries to their social bookmarking tools

  • Is the Encyclopedia online cross- linked with other resources on Blackwell Reference Online (BRO) or other platforms?

The Encyclopedia is housed on a micro-site of Blackwell Reference Online. If the Institution that purchases the Encyclopedia also subscribes to BRO, then the content of the Encyclopedia will be fully integrated into the BRO interface.

The entries do not cross-reference other resources on BRO. However, each entry is classified according to the same 5-facet classification system applied to all BRO content (subject, key topic, place, people, period) and IS searchable along with the full BRO library purchased/subscribed to by the institution.

ALSO: Entries will link to related Compass journals—all under the control of the classification system. The same is true in reverse, that Compass users will see links to related entries in our other online encyclopedias. This is very exciting because no other publisher can offer this combination of resources.

The entries in the bibliography will be linked to the customer’s online collection. This means that, if a cited work exists in their collection, the user will be able to click through to it directly.

If the institution purchasing the online edition of the Encyclopedia also subscribes to BRO, they will enjoy a full range of library services to enable its seamless integration into the institution’s library:

  • Institutional usage reports compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works and ICOLC stands are provided.
  • Unlimited access through IP recognition, username/password, referring URL and Athens.
  • MARC records available to download
  • DOIs at book and chapter/entry level ensure permanent URLs for easy upload into the library’s OPAC system
  • Open URL technology is supported.
  • Institutions can also add their own institutional branding to the site
  • Is the Encyclopedia hosted on platform and url?

Content is hosted on a micro-site of Blackwell Reference Online (BRO). For institutions that do not subscribe to BRO, the content will be available on its own url. Contact us for more information about purchasing a subscription to Blackwell Reference Online.

  • What are the technical standards to which The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online will conform?

Every page on the sites will comply with the following criteria:

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    All pages delivered will be valid HXTML 1.0 Transitional, as defined by the W3C.

    • 2. Screen resolution

    All pages will be usable (with no horizontal scrolling wherever possible) when the screen resolution is set to 800x600 pixels.

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    All pages will be usable when the color depth is set to 256 colors.

    • 4. Window resizing

    All pages will correctly re-flow text and images when browser windows are resized; line lengths for textual material will always be relative to the current window size.

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    No frames will be used in the entire site.

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    Pages will display fully on the following platform and browser combinations:

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    Unicode will be used to render accented and non-roman characters in site pages. The encoding used to deliver Unicode characters will be UTF-8.

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    The stylesheets used to format text on the site will not set absolute point sizes; this will allow the user to re-size the text to a comfortable reading size using the controls that the browser provides.

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    Usage of cookies for users of the sites may be mandatory for certain areas of the web site.

  • Do you offer library card access to The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest online?

Librarians or account administrators have the option to allow their users to access the Encyclopedia online using their library card. Please contact us if you would like to offer library card access to your users.

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