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Dictionary of Historic Documents, Revised Edition
  • Authored by: George Childs Kohn
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816047723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4772-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 03/01/2003
  • Dewey Number: 016.909
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 656


Praise for the previous edition:
"This book represents ready reference at its best. Recommended for all libraries."—Library Journal

"The perfect across-the-curriculum resource for teachers and students who dash into the library for a quick reference. Highly recommended."—The Book Report

Still the only reference of its kind, Dictionary of Historic Documents, Revised Edition provides basic factual information about more than 2,400 significant historic documents in world history. Included are key acts, constitutions, proclamations, treaties, bills, laws, agreements, and speeches, among others, from ancient codes, such as Hammurabi's Code, to modern age agreements and speeches, such as the Kyoto Protocol or President George W. Bush's "Freedom and Fear Are at War" speech.

Arranged in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, each entry includes a concise summary describing the principal details of the document, its significance and historical context, as well as primary or secondary sources for further reference. Cross-references, a list of entries by category, a timetable of documents, an extensive bibliography, and index make the information readily accessible.

This edition features more than 100 new entries, including:

  • United Nations Declaration of January 1, 1942
  • Wannsee Protocol (January 20, 1942)
  • German Unification Treaty (August 31, 1990)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (December 17, 1992)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act, U.S. (February 5, 1993)
  • Oslo Accords (September 13, 1993)
  • Unabomber Manifesto (1995)
  • Dayton Peace Accord (December 14, 1995)
  • Megan's Law (May 17, 1996)
  • Good Friday Agreement (April 10, 1998)
  • South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (October 1998)
  • Tobacco Companies Settlement Agreement, U.S. (November 14, 1998)
  • Financial Services Modernization Act, U.S. (November 12, 1999)
  • Bush vs. Gore (December 12, 2000)
  • USA-Patriot Act (October 26, 2001)
  • No Child Left Behind Act, U.S. (January 8, 2002).


Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

George Childs Kohn, B.A., M.Ed., has developed and prepared general-interest and historical reference books for nearly 30 years. He has a number of reference works to his credit as either editor or author, including Dictionary of Wars, The New Encyclopedia of American Scandal, and Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence, all for Facts On File. He has also helped edit language dictionaries and worked as managing editor of multi-volume student encyclopedias. He lives with his wife in Madison, CT.

Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., is professor of history at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He is a specialist in Russian and Baltic States history and is a frequent commentator in the United States, Russia, and the Baltics on regional and historical topics. He also teaches contemporary European and world history.

Reviews and Awards

"Since its previous incarnation, this book has improved on several levels...The value is increased by identifying sources that contain the texts of individual documents. Recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries."

"A unique ready-reference source...Fifty percent longer than the original version...it is much more useful...Essential. For all but the smallest public and all academic libraries."

"The dictionary is a great starting place for undergraduate research...a useful resource."
American Reference Books Annual

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