Encyclopedia of Capitalism (Facts on File Library of World History), Volumes 1-3

October 30, 2020
Encyclopedia of Capitalism (Facts on File Library of World History), Volumes 1-3

Review from BooklistIntended for grades nine and up, the approximately 727 entriesin this encyclopedia fit under the categories of countries (97entries); companies (95 entries, e.g., General Electric,Nestle); biographies (164 entries, e.g., Gorbachev,Mikhail; Washington, George); and economic terms and theories(190 entries, e.g., Keynesian Economics, Say's Law), withthe remaining entries split among organizations (World TradeOrganization), industries (mining), events(American Revolution), and other topics tied tocapitalism. All articles are signed and include a bibliography.Article length varies from one-quarter page to six pages, withlonger articles leaning toward covering economic terms andtheories.Added features include a time line in volume 1, beginning in 400B.C.E. ("Ancient market practices in Greece and Rome") and endingin 2002 ("Euro replaces currency of 12 European nations"). Adjacentto each time-line entry, volume and page numbers point to moreinformation. All three volumes include a title list of articles anda list of 124 contributors with affiliations. Volume 3 contains aglossary; a resource guide (suggested books, journals, magazines,newspapers, and Internet sites); and two lengthy appendixes filledwith charts and tables--"International Trade by Region" and"International Trade by Sector." Volume 3 also provides an indexwith main entries in bold. The index is the only place the readerwill find see also references tying related entries together. Morethan 70 black-and-white photos accompany the text, but some, suchas a person peering intently at a computer monitor, seemunnecessary.The scholarly set of Palgrave dictionaries, including the datedNew Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics (Macmillan, 1987),cover some of the same ground. The Encyclopedia ofCapitalism is suited for larger academic and public librarycollections.https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Capitalism-Facts-Library-History/dp/0816052247