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- Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas
- Digital, searchable version of the classic 5-volume set published in 1973-74 [Dana Ref. CB5 .D52]. A basic resource for tracing the development of major concepts (e.g., Class; Democracy; The State) in history. Volume 5 focuses on "The historical development of economic, legal, and political ideas and institutions, ideologies, and movements." Lengthy, signed scholarly essays with bibliography.
- New Dictionary of the History of Ideas.
- New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 6 vols.
- Over 700 signed articles with up to date bibliographies. While the Dictionary of the History of Ideas was decidedly Eurocentric in its approach, articles in the NDHI are written from a global, multicultural perspective. Emphasize is on developments in scholarship since 1970. Available?
- Encyclopedia of Governance
- "Concepts, beliefs, and theories that inform contemporary governance."
- Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access