Reviews of The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present

"A very user-friendly work, and one that can be used effectively at school and college level as well as at more sophisticated research levels … you get a lot for your money, above all if your resources in this cross-disciplinary field are limited and you feel pressure to build them up at one fell swoop … .The arrangement is clear and coverage wide-ranging, making use of the online and print versions equally attractive, each having its distinctive strengths." --Reference Reviews

"Not an area of the world or significant topic has been ignored. All flavors of socialism, communism, and anarchism have been included as well as .... social movements (such as the LGTB movement), labor movements, and the women’s movement ... .This wonderful set is highly recommended for larger public and academic libraries ... .Those considering are advised to check www.revolutionprotestencyclopedia.com, which provides a listing of every entry in both print and online versions of this superb work." --Booklist, Starred Review and Booklist 2009 Editor’s Choice

“Ness (political science, Brooklyn Coll.), author of numerous works on labor organizing, trade unions, migration, and unemployment, has assembled a team of contributors from around the world to work on what may easily become the definitive reference on the topic of protest. The set begins with short bios of the editors and contributors, then launches into an introduction outlining the project and aims of the set: to cover 500 years of protest and revolution from a historical, social, cultural, and political view so that readers may understand the origin, significance, and success of various world events from a neutral and inclusive perspective. It then offers a chronology of significant events followed by a lexicon organizing entries under subject headings, followed by a set of political maps of the world. The 1600-plus A-to-Z entries (from "Abalone Alliance" to "Zwingli, Huldrych"), ranging from 500 to 5000 words in length, contain cross-references to other relevant entries as well as lists of suggested readings. BOTTOM LINE The exhaustive nature and truly impressive scope of this set make it a valuable research tool for scholars. Those who opt for the e-version will benefit from regular revisions and new entries added annually, links to other online resources, and open URL linking.”
--Library Journal

“The editors have done a marvelous job bringing alive the rich tradition and critique of revolution and resistance. This encyclopedia is a gem!  This is one of the most important works of social history of our time."
--Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor, Princeton University, Center for African American Studies & Department of Religion

"This eight-volume encyclopedia is an indispensable reference tool for scholars, students, and activists seeking information about revolutionary social movements, left-politics, and radical leaders. Immanuel Ness has put together a very impressive team of international scholars, many of whom have defined their fields. The result is a comprehensive compilation that reflects the most recent scholarly interpretations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia is the way it incorporates the social history literature of the past two generations with its focus on protest movements, ordinary working people, and the how the struggle for social justice was defined by class, race, gender, and ethnicity. This encyclopedia provides a window into the process of revolutionary social change, the relationships between leaders and rank and file, workers, peasants, and state power. Its transnational perspective clarifies the role that revolutionary nationalism and the struggles against European colonialism played in the world-wide movement for social change. This is the definitive reference work in its area."
--Michael Nash, Director, Tamiment Library, New York University

"This voluminous encyclopedia is a timely and wonderful thematic compilation of peer-reviewed reference material that will contribute significantly to a broad range of social science disciplines."
--Diana Lachatanere, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

"For this work Immanuel Ness has assembled an impressive team of international scholars…Undoubtedly, this will become an essential reference on world revolutionary and protest movements, and an important addition to the collections of academic and larger public libraries. I know I will recommend it to our students and faculty, and will consult it frequently for my own research."
--Thomas Twiss, Government Information Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

"An indispensable tool for social scientists and historians who wish to be aware of their rich and colorful past. The scope is breathtaking - with a wealth of engagingly presented detail gathered by an army of researchers under the sure guidance of Immanuel Ness. Wiley is to be congratulated."
--Raymond Markey, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

"Finally a scholarly reference work that provides a substantive approach to world history that accounts for the essential role played by popular movements in the processes of revolution, social change and progress. The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest traces the efforts of peasants and workers in the global South and North as they struggle for justice and power from the emergence of European colonialism to the present."
--Gary Younge, The Guardian and The Nation

"This compilation of historical essays provides a unique contribution to the study of social radicalism. The encyclopedia fills a critical void with its extensive examination of the progression of revolutions and protests throughout the world. The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest is sure to become the definitive reference work in this area of study."
--Pat Newcombe, Western New England College School of Law Library

"[A] valuable resource for students of social movements and social change."
--Stephen H. Aby, University of Akron

"Brings together not only a vast amount of information on protest from several dimensions, but the articles on Japan also provide a vibrant sense of activist consciousness as well as events on the ground. In addition to the organizations and movements of the early postwar era . . . today's surging community union movement is covered as well. Students of labor as well as protest movements will find the materials valuable."
--Charles Weathers, Osaka City University, Japan



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