World History Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

You can find specialized encyclopedias on your topic by using the BYU Library Catalog. Find history encyclopedias on the catalog by doing an “Advanced Search.” Put keywords from your topic in the “Keyword” field. Then type the phrase “encyclopedias or dictionaries” in the “Subject” field. For your convenience, I have provided below a list of specialized encyclopedias for World History.

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General World History Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias by Period

Encyclopedias by Continent or Country or Region

Military History

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General World History Encyclopedias

Concise Encyclopedia of World History. Westport: Greenwood, 1975. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 68 .B63].

Encyclopedia of World History. New York: Facts on File, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: D 21 .E577 2000].

Hutchinson Dictionary of World History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1993. [Soc Sci Ref: D 20 .H87x].

Oxford Encyclopedia of World History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. [Soc Sci Ref: D 21 .E577 1998].

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Encyclopedias by Period

Ancient

Civilizations of the Ancient Near East. New York: Macmillan, 1995. 4 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 57 .C55].

Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 58 .S55].

Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations. New York: Mayflower Books, 1980. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 311 .E53].

Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. New York: Facts on File, 1991. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 58 .B96].

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World. New York: Facts on File, 1995. [Soc Sci Ref: DF 16 .S23].

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 311 .E55x].

Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire. New York: Facts on File, 1994. [Soc Sci Ref: DG 270 .B86].

Larousse Encyclopedia of Ancient and Medieval History. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. [Soc Sci Ref: D 59 .L373].

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. [Soc Sci Ref: DF 521 .O93].

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 3 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 58 .O94].

Penguin Encyclopedia of Classical Civilizations. New York: Viking, 1993. [Soc Sci Ref: D 54 .P46x].

Perseus Project : an Evolving Digital Library on Ancient Greece contains searchable data from this Tufts University site includes primary texts (in both English and Greek), art and archaeology catalogs, an encyclopedia, an English index, and a English-Greek word search available through a standard interface.

Praeger Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Civilization. New York: Praeger, 1967. [Soc Sci Ref: DF 16 .D513].

Medieval

Dictionary of Medieval Civilization. New York: Macmillan, 1984. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 351 .D24].

Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1982. [Soc Sci Ref: D 114 .D5 1982]. 13 vols.

Dictionnaire Encyclopédique Du Moyen Âge. Paris: James Clarke & Co., 1997. [Soc Sci Ref: D 114 .D53x]. 2 vols.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. New York: Facts on File, 1995. [Soc Sci Ref: D 114 .B86].

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. New York: Viking, 1999. [Soc Sci Ref: D 114 .E53].

Illustrated Encyclopaedia of the Classical World. New York: Harper & Row, 1975. [Soc Sci Ref: DE 5 .I44].

Larousse Encyclopedia of Ancient and Medieval History. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. [Soc Sci Ref: D 59 .L373].

Modern

Cold War Encyclopedia. New York: Holt, 1996. 1 vol. [Soc Sci Ref: D 840 .P28].

Cold War Encyclopedia, 1945-1991. Detroit: Gale, 1992. 3 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: D 839.5 .C65].

Concise Encyclopedia of the Italian Renaissance. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981. [Soc Sci Ref: DG 533 .C48x].

Dictionary of the Renaissance. New York: Philosophical Library, 1967. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 361 .S45].

Dictionary of 20th Century European History. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. [Soc Sci Ref: D 419 .T69x].

Dictionary of Twentieth-Century World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. [Soc Sci Ref: D 419 .P35x].

Encyclopedia of the Cold War. New York: Facts on File, 1994. [Soc Sci Ref: D 843 .A668].

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. New York: Macmillan, 1990. [Soc Sci Ref: D 804.3 .E53]. 4 vols.

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. New York: Facts on File, 1987. [Soc Sci Ref: CB 361 .B43].

Holocaust Encyclopedia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. 1 vol. [Soc Sci Ref: D 804.3 .H644].

Larousse Dictionary of Twentieth Century History. New York: Larousse, 1994. [Soc Sci Ref: D 419 .L37].

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. [Hum Ref: BR 302.8 O93]. 4 vols.

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Encyclopedias by Continent or Country or Region

Africa

Encyclopedia of African Peoples. New York: Facts on File, 2000. 2 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 15 .E53].

Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara. New York: Scribner’s, 1997. 4 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 351 .E53].

Standard Encyclopedia of Southern Africa. Johannesburg: Nasou, 1976. 12 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DT 729 .S7].

Asia

Encyclopedia of Asian History. New York: Scribner’s, 1988. 4 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 31 .E53].

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture. London: Routledge, 2002. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 822.5 .E516]. Covers Japanese culture since 1945.

Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993. 2 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 805 .J263].

Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1983. 9 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 805 .K633].

Canada

Canadian Encyclopedia. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999. [Soc Sci Ref: F 1006 .C36x].

Horizon Canada. Quebec: Centre for the Study of Teaching Canada, 1987. 10 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: F 1025 .H67x].

Europe

Dictionary of European History and Politics 1945-1995. London: Longman, 1996. [Soc Sci Ref: D 1051 .U78].

Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2001. [Soc Sci Ref: D 1051 .E87x].

Britain

Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, 1985. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 34 .C28].

Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland. London: HarperCollins, 1994. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 772 .C618].

Dictionary of British History. London: Secker & Warburg, 1981. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 34 .D52x].

Dictionary of English History. London: Cassell, 1971. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 34 .L9].

Encyclopedia of Ireland. Dublin: Allen Figgis, 1968. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 979 .E5].

Encyclopedia of Ireland. Oxford University Press, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 906 .E53].

Historical Dictionary of the British Empire. Westport: Greenwood, 1996. 2 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 16 .H56].

Illustrated Dictionary of British History. London: Thames and Hudson, 1980. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 34 .I44].

Lorousse Dictionary of British History. New York: Larousse, 1994. [Soc Sci Ref: DA 34 .L37].

Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia: British History 1700-1950, an extensive, online, hypertext encyclopedia and digital library which includes the following: The Monarchy: 1750-1930; Prime Ministers: 1780-1950; Emancipation of Women: 1780-1920; The Textile Industry; 19th Century Railways; Education: 1700-1950; First World War: 1914-1918; Scotland: 1750-1950; Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders; Artists & Architects; Cartoonists & Illustrators; Poets, Novelists and Playwrights; Journalists and Newspapers; Book & Newspaper Publishers; Engineers, Scientists & Inventors; The Theatre; Religion and Society; The Slave Trade; The Trade Union Movement; Socialism and the Labour Movement; Poverty, Health and Housing; Child Labour: 1750-1900; London in the 19th Century; Towns & Cities; Parliamentary Legislation; Political Parties & Election Results; Parliamentary Reform: 1750-1832; The Peterloo Massacre; The Chartist Movement; Members of Parliament: 1750-1820; Members of Parliament: 1820-1880; Members of Parliament: 1880-1920; Members of Parliament: 1920-1950.

France

A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989. [Soc Sci Ref: DC 148 .D5313].

Germany

Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. New York: Macmillan, 1991. [Sco Sci Ref: DD 256.5 .G76313].

Holy Roman Empire: A Dictionary Handbook. Westport: Greenwood, 1980. [Soc Sci Ref: DD 84 .Z66].

Russian and Eastern Europe

Encyclopedia of Russian History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1993. [Soc Sci Ref: DK 36 .P39].

Encyclopedia of the Ukraine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984. 5 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DK 508 .E613].

Modern Encyclopedia of Russia and Soviet History. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 1976. 63 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DK 14 .M6].

Middle East

Encyclopedia Judaica. New York: Macmillan, 1971. 16 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 102. 8 .E496].

Encyclopaedia of Islam. Leiden: Brill, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 37 .E523].

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East. New York: Macmillan, 1996. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 43 .E53].

First Encyclopedia of Islam, 1913-1936. Leiden: Brill, 1987. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 35.53 .E53].

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. 4 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DS 35.53 .O95].

Pacific

Australian Encyclopaedia. Grolier Society of Australia, 1983. 12 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: DU 90 .A92x].

South and Central America

Enciclopedia de Mexico. 14 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: F 1204 .E5x].

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. New York: Scribner’s, 1996. 5 vols. [Soc Sci Ref: F 1406 .E53].

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Military History

General

Battle Book: Crucial Conflicts in History from 1469 BC to the Present. London: Arms and Armour, 1992. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .P47x].

Battles: A Concise Dictionary. San Diego: Harcourt, 1995. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 H64].

Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31 BC, from the Historians of the Ancient World. London: Greenhill, 2000. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 M66].

Besieged: An Encyclopedia of Great Sieges From Ancient Times to the Present. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25.5 .D32].

Brassey’s Battles, 3,500 Years of Conflict. London: Brassey, 1985. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 L23].

Collins Dictionary of Wars. New York: HarperCollins, 1995. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 B78x].

Dictionary of European Land Battles: From the Earliest Times to 1945. New York: Macmillan, 1985. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 S94].

Dictionary of Wars. New York: Facts on File, 1999. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 K63].

Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests: From Ancient Times to the Present. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1996. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 D38].

Encyclopedia of Revolutions and Revolutionaries. New York: Facts on File, 1996. [Soc Sci Ref: D 21.3 .E33].

Encyclopedia of Warrior Peoples and Fighting Groups. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1998. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25.9 .D38].

Harper Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 D8].

Penguin Encyclopedia of Modern Warfare, 1850 to the Present Day. New York: Viking, 1991. [Soc Sci Ref: D 25 .A2 M33x].

World War I

The dictionary of the First World War / by Stephen Pope and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal ; consultant editor,Keith Robbins ; with original maps by Brendan Eddison. Publication info: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1995. Physical description: xxviii, 561 p. : 25 maps ; 24 cm. Social Science Ref: D 510 .P66 1995.

The European powers in the First World War : an encyclopedia / edited by Spencer C. Tucker ; associate editors, Laura Matysek Wood, Justin D. Murphy. Publication info: New York : Garland Pub., 1996. Physical description: xxix, 783 p. ; 27 cm. Social Science Ref: D 510 .E97 1996.

Historical dictionary of World War I / Ian V. Hogg. Publication info: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998. Physical description: xlii, 267 p. ; 23 cm. Social Science Ref: D 510 .H65 1998.

Modern Germany : an encyclopedia of history, people, and culture, 1871-1990 / editors, Dieter K. Buse, Juergen C. Doerr. Publication info: New York : Garland Pub., 1998. Physical description: 2 v. (lii, 1158 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm. Social Science Ref: DD 14 .M64 1998.

The United States in the First World War : an encyclopedia / edited by Anne Cipriano Venzon. Publication info: New York : Garland Pub., 1995. Physical description: xx, 830 p. ; 26 cm. Social Science Ref: D 510 .U65 1995.

World War II

The Electronic encyclopedia of World War II [computer file] Edition: Release 1.0. Publication info: North Bellmore, N.Y. : Marshall Cavendish Corp., 1993. Physical description: 1 computer laser optical disc ; 4 3/4 in. + user's guide (iv, 65 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.). General Note: Originally issued in print as: The Marshall Cavendish illustrated encyclopedia of World War II. Social Science Ref: D 743.5 .E4x 1993.

The encyclopedia of codenames of World War II / Christopher Chant. Publication info: London : Routledge & Kegan Pual, c1986. Physical description: viii, 344 p. ; 25 cm. Subject term: World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Dictionaries. Social Science Ref: D 740 .C46 1986.

Encyclopedia of German resistance to the Nazi movement / edited by Wolfgang Benz and Walter H. Pehle ; translated by Lance W. Garmer. Publication info: New York : Continuum, 1997. Physical description: xi, 354 p. ; 24 cm. Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references. Social Science Ref: DD 256.5 .L51313 1997.

Encyclopedia of the Second World War / Bryan Perrett & Ian Hogg. Publication info: Harlow : Longman, 1989. Physical description: 447 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. Bibliography note: Bibliography: p. 445-447. Social Science Ref: D 740 .P47x 1989.

Encyclopéédie de la guerre 1939-1945. English Title: The Historical encyclopedia of World War II / edited by Marcel Baudot ... [et al.] ; translated by from the French by Jesse Dilson ; with additional material by Alvin D. Coox, Thomas R. H. Havens. Publication info: New York : Facts on File, 1980. Physical description: xxii, 548 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. General Note: Translation of Encyclopéédie de la guerre 1939-1945. Bibliography note: Bibliography: p. 545-548. Social Science Ref: D 740 .E5213.

Illustrated World War II encyclopedia / based on the original text of Eddy Bauer ; editor-in-chief, Peter Young, consultant editors, James L. Collins, Jr., Correlli Barnett. Publication info: [New York ] : H.S. Stuttman, 1978. Physical description: 24 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm. D 743.2 .I4x. Stacks: D 743.2 .I4x.

The Marshall Cavendish illustrated encyclopedia of World War II / based on the original text by Eddy Bauer ; consultant editor: James L. Collins, Jr. Publication info: New York : Marshall Cavendish Corp., c1972. Physical description: 25 v. : ill. (part col.) ; 31 cm. General Note: On spine: Encyclopedia of World War II. General Note: Includes index. Oversize Quarto: D 743.5 .M372.

Modern Germany : an encyclopedia of history, people, and culture, 1871-1990 / editors, Dieter K. Buse, Juergen C. Doerr. Publication info: New York : Garland Pub., 1998. Physical description: 2 v. (lii, 1158 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm. Social Science Ref: DD 14 .M64 1998.

The Simon and Schuster encyclopedia of World War II / edited by Thomas Parrish, chief consultant editor, S. L. A. Marshall. Publication info: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1978. Physical description: 767 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. General Note: "A Cord Communications book." General Note: Includes index. Bibliography note: Bibliography: p. [716]-721. Social Science Ref: D 740 .S57.

The war in the Pacific encyclopedia / James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi. Publication info: New York : Facts On File, 1998. Physical description: 2 v. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Social Science Ref: D 767.9 .D86 1998.

World War II : America at war, 1941-1945 / Norman Polmar, Thomas B. Allen. Publication info: New York : Random House, c1991. Physical description: xix, 940 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 925-928) and indexes. Social Science Ref: D 743.5 .P56 1991.

World War II in Europe : an encyclopedia / editor, David T. Zabecki ; assistant editors, Car O. Schuster, Paul J. Rose, William H. Van Husen. Publication info: New York : Garland Pub., 1999. Physical description: 2 v. : ill., maps ; 26 cm. Social Science Ref: D 740 .W67 1999.

World War II in the Pacific : an encyclopedia / Stanley Sandler, editor. Publication info: New York : Garland Pub., 2001. Physical description: xiii, 660 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 29 cm. Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Social Science Ref: D 767 .W68 2001.

Cold War

The Cold War encyclopedia / Thomas Parrish. Edition statement: 1st ed. Publication info: New York : H. Holt, c1996. Physical description: xxi, 490 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Social Science Ref: D 840 .P28 1996.

Encyclopedia of the Cold War / Thomas S. Arms. Publication info: New York, NY : Facts on File, c1994. Physical description: xii, 628 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. General Note: "Bibliography" p. 594-602. Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Social Science Ref: D 843 .A668 1994.

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