This title explores the lives and achievements of important 19th century men and women worldwide, including such notables as Vincent Van Gogh and Charles Darwin, as well as lesser known figures such as Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz and Zeng Guofan. The lengthy essays in this set provide in-depth coverage and annotated bibliographic resources with worldwide focus including strong coverage of non-Europeans and women.
Scope & Coverage
Both the geographic and the occupational scope of the individuals covered in Great Lives from History: The Nineteenth Century,1801-1900 are intentionally broad, with a view to include influential individuals worldwide.
Coverage is broad in areas of achievement as well as geography, while at the same time including the recognized shapers of history central to any liberal arts curriculum. Major world leaders appear here, as well as the giants of religious faith who dominated the century: monarchs, presidents, popes, philosophers, writers, social reformers, educators, and military leaders who left their imprint on political as well as spiritual institutions.
By category, the contents include figures whose achievements fall into one or more of the following areas:
Organization & Format
A total of 737 essays covering 757 major figures including 123 on women make up the set. The 189 sidebars include many quotations to enhance and supplement the text throughout.
Each essay ranges from 1,500 to 3,000 words in length (roughly 3 to 5 pages) and displays standard ready-reference top matter offering easy access to biographical information:
- The individual's nationality or ethnicity and occupation or historical role, including reign dates for rulers.
- A summary paragraph highlighting the individual's historical importance indicates why the person is studied today.
- The "Born" and "Died" lines list the most complete dates of birth and death available, followed by the most precise locations available.
- "Also Known As" lists all known versions of the individual's name.
- "Area(s) of Achievement" lists all categories of contributions.
The body of each essay is divided into parts:
- Early Life - facts about the individual's upbringing and environment
- Life's Work - straight-forward, chronological account of the period of the most significant achievements were accomplished
- Significance - overview of individual's place in history
- Further Reading - annotated bibliography
- See Also - lists cross-references to essays in the set covering related personages
- Related Articles - lists essays of interest in Salem's companion publication, Great Events from History: The 19th Century
The back matter to Volume 2 includes several appendixes and indexes:
- Rulers of Heads of States
- Chronological List of Entries
- Geographical Index
- Personages Index
- Subject Index