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

Immanuel Ness (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8464-9
4280 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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This definitive 8-volume reference is a comprehensive print resource covering the history of protest and revolution over the past 500 years – throughout the modern era of mass movements. For more information see www.revolutionprotestencyclopedia.com.
  • Definitive reference work on the role of popular agency in transforming the world in which we live
  • First historical encyclopedia to provide scholars and teachers and students with the information they need to understand the role and significance and origin of protest and revolution from 1500 to the present
  • 8-volume major reference in A-Z format, with entries ranging from 500 to 14,000 words
  • Provides clear, concise explanations of events and larger social movements, and biographies of key people
  • 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
  • Internationally diverse editorial board and contributors
  • Includes over 150 photographs, figures, and maps

An online electronic version is also available (ISBN 978-1-4051-9807-3).  In addition to the features of the print version, the online version provides:

  • Regular revisions and new entries – updated once a year
  • Links to comprehensive collection through Blackwell Reference online
  • Links to other resources available on the web
  • Powerful searching, browsing, and cross-referencing capabilities, including Open URL linking
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Notes on the Editors (volume I only).

About the General Editor.

Board of Editors.

Board of Associate and Advisory Editors.

Notes on Contributors (volume I only).

Introduction (volume I only).

Acknowledgments (volume I only).

Chronology of Significant Events in Revolution and Protest (volume I only).

Lexicon (volume I only).

Maps (volumes I–VII).

Volume I: Abalone Alliance – Blanqui, Louis Auguste (1805–1881).

Volume II: Bloch, Marc (1886–1944) – Davis, Angela (b. 1944).

Volume III: Davitt, Michael (1846–1906) – Haiti, resistance to US occupation.

Volume IV: Haiti, revolutionary revolts, 1790s – Lempira (d. 1537).

Volume V: Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870–1924) – People’s Liberation Front of Sri Lanka ( JVP).

Volume VI: Peoples’ Global Action Network – Sturm und Drang.

Volume VII: Sudan, Aba Island Rebellion, 1970 – Zwingli, Huldrych (1484–1531).

Volume VIII: Index.

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Immanuel Ness is Professor of History at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and the author of numerous works on resistance and social movements from a historical and comparative perspective.His Immigrants, Unions, and the U.S. Labor Market (2005) is now in its fifth printing. In 2005, his 4-volume work: Encyclopedia of American Social Movements received an Outstanding Reference Source award from the American Library Association, and the work was selected as best reference for 2005 from Library Journal. He has received awards and acclaim for his other reference works, including Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America. He is editor of the peer-review quarterly journal, Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society (Wiley-Blackwell).
Ness has been invited to speak throughout the world and at numerous academic conferences, including the American Political Science Association, and frequently invited to speak on low-wage labor, immigrants, and workers centers at conferences and universities in the US and abroad. He is founder of the Lower East Side Community Labor Organization, recipient of a Council of the City of New York Proclamation in May 2001. He has worked with the State Attorney General’s Office on creating the Code of Conduct for the Greengrocery Industry. Focusing on workers, his current research examines global migrant labor in the US. Ness is completing a book Chained Migration: New Corporate Despotism and Worker Resistance.
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  • Definitive reference work on the role of popular agency in transforming the world in which we live
  • First historical encyclopedia to provide scholars and teachers and students with the information they need to understand the role and significance and origin of protest and revolution from 1500 to the present
  • 8-volume major reference in A-Z format, with entries ranging from 500 to 14,000 words
  • Provides clear, concise explanations of events and larger social movements, and biographies of key people
  • 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
  • Internationally diverse editorial board and contributors
  • Includes over 150 photographs, figures, and maps

In addition, the online version provides:

  • Regular revisions and new entries – updated once a year
  • Links to comprehensive collection through Blackwell Reference online
  • Links to other resources available on the web
  • Powerful searching, browsing, and cross-referencing capabilities, including Open URL linking
See More

"A helpful lexicon provides lists of entries by geography, chronological era, or broad topics such as "Gender and Sexuality," "Foreign Intervention," and "Guerilla Tactics." No comparable work exists in the reference literature." (CHOICE, August 2009)

"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, December 2009)

"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, October 2009 *Starrred Review and Booklist 2009 Editor’s Choice)

"Ness… 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 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 exhaustive nature and truly impressive scope of this set make it a valuable research tool for scholars.” (Library Journal, May 2009)

"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, Princeton University

"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 colourful 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

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