New England The Encyclopedia of New England

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The Encyclopedia of New England

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9780300100273: The Encyclopedia of New England

Often defined by the familiar images of taciturn Yankees, town meetings, maple syrup, and rocky seacoasts, New England is both a distinctively American place and a distinctive place within America. Yet these images present only one aspect of the richly varied region that is New England in the twenty-first century. Today traditional scenes of white-clapboard buildings surrounding an idyllic village green, hillside farms, and red-brick mills rub shoulders with advanced research centers, nuclear power plants, and urban neighborhoods of immigrants from around the globe.

In entries written by leading authorities in the field, The Encyclopedia of New England presents a comprehensive view of this important region, past and present. Both authoritative and entertaining, this single-volume reference will be an invaluable resource for the scholar and an irresistible pageturner for the browser.

The Encyclopedia contains

· 1,300 alphabetically arranged entries examining significant people, places, events, ideas,and artifacts

· Fascinating and little-known facts that rarely appear in history books

· More than 500 illustrations and maps

· Contributions from nearly 1,000 distinguished scholars and writers, including journalists, academics, and specialists from museums, industries, and historical societies

· 1.5 million words in 22 thematic sections, ranging from agriculture to tourism, each with an introduction by a leading specialist in the field

· Extensive cross-references and a full index

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About the Author:

BURT FEINTUCH is professor of Folklore and English and director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. DAVID H. WATTERS is professor of English and director of the Center for New England Culture at the University of New Hampshire.

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*Starred Review* The Encyclopedia of New England follows in the pattern of previously published state, city, and regional encyclopedias. As with several of the others, this title is the product of a university press, in this case Yale University Press, which carries its own level of scholarly authority.

Combining the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island is a logical choice. So much of the early history of these states is intertwined, and most would agree that there is a strong regional character that ties them together. As stated in the introduction, the encyclopedia's creation was motivated by "the relation between the perennial idea of New England's fixed regional identity and the fact that life in the six states is constantly changing."

Rather than a straightforward A-Z arrangement, the encyclopedia is divided into 22 thematic sections, each of which contains signed entries in alphabetical order. The sections cover, among other topics, "Cities and Suburbs," "Ethnic and Racial Identity," "Folklife," "Maritime New England," and "Music and the Performing Arts." Each of these sections begins with a list of the entries contained within, including see references to other sections, and a long essay that gives a historic overview of the topic. The arrangement is ideal for those who love to browse. The section "Geography and Environment," to take one example, begins with two separate essays--one for geography, one for environment--that are fascinating reading. Each is followed by a sizable bibliography. It is an easy move to continue reading, picking through the various headings, from Appalachian Mountain Club to Blizzards, hurricanes, and floods; Connecticut River Valley; Great Auk; and Walden Pond. Along the way, the reader encounters a variety of maps, tables, and black-and-white illustrations. Each section carries this same sort of appeal of discovery. For more targeted exploration, the index is an essential tool and is fortunately detailed enough to enable readers to efficiently pull together all material related to discrete topics.

As with many of the other encyclopedias of this ilk, the volume was heavily underwritten by major foundations and corporations. The result is a substantial work that comes at a bargain price. How could any library resist? Danise Hoover
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