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A Dictionary of Law
Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies

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Dictionary of Ancient Deities
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Dictionary of the Social Sciences
A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism Terminology

A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works
A Dictionary of World History

NEW!: / 2002:
The Oxford Reverse Dictionary

Dictionary of Accounting
Second Edition
Edited by R. HUSSEY

The most comprehensive and up-to-date accounting dictionary

Now fully updated and expanded for this new edition, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of accounting available in paperback. Featuring over 3,500 entries, Oxford's Dictionary of Accounting provides comprehensive coverage of financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, direct taxation, indirect taxation, auditing, corporate finance, and accounting bodies and institutions. It includes important terms specific to accounting in the U.S., and straightforward definitions of the latest financial jargon. A unique reference tool and an excellent value, this authoritative dictionary will be invaluable to a range of students and professionals in the world of accounting and finance. R. Hussey is NWIS Professor of Financial Services at the University of the West of England.

368 pp.; 0-19-280099-X; Published: 1999; Price: $16.95


NEW!: / 2002:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology
TIMOTHY DARVILL

Here is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and useful guide to the language of archeology. With more than 4,000 original entries mapping the world of archeological theory and research, this book details the concepts, methods, materials, artifacts, findings, and sites around the world.

This A-to-Z resource is a virtual introduction to archeology as a science, covering its key themes, trends, techniques, and major figures, as well as its principal discoveries and findings in all parts of the world. Included are quick reference guides to chronological periods and traditions, lists of abbreviations and key historical figures, and detailed portraits of the archeology of key sites from around the world.

The Dictionary is unique in providing full coverage of the principles and theoretical perspectives that are the foundations of the field, as well as American and British legislation relevant to archeological sites and research.

For students teachers, scholars, for armchair and amateur archeologists, the Dictionary is an invaluable resource-and a much-needed tool.

Timothy Darvill is professor of archeology at Bournemoth University and author of many articles and books, including Prehistoric Britain from the Air.

544 pp.; 0-19-211649-5; Published: 2002; Price: $60.00


A Dictionary of Architecture
JAMES STEVENS CURL
Line Drawings by JOHN SAMBROOK


The most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of architecture available

From Aalto to ziggurat, this new work offers an authoritative and accessible guide to architecture and its history. With over 5,000 entries--twice as many as its nearest competitor--it provides extensive coverage of all periods of Western architectural history, from ancient times to the present day, in styles ranging from Assyrian architecture to Flemish Mannerism.

With entries spanning from the commonplace to the less well known, this dictionary aims to cover as wide a range of architectural terms as possible in an accessible style. Curl has included over 250 attractive illustrations, which add vital visual information to entries on topics such as the arch or the cross. There are also longer entries which explain the different schools of architecture--from Bauhaus to the Federal Style--and put them in their historical context. Biographical entries are provided for a great number of architects from the ancients to leading figures of today. From Brunelleschi and Gropius to Le Corbusier and Brunel, each entry outlines the architect's importance and gives examples of their most notable buildings.

Comprehensive and up to date, this book will prove to be an indispensable guide to anyone interested in architecture and its history. It is ideal for students and professional architects, as well as general readers.

James Stevens Curl is Research Professor of Architectural History at the Department of Architecture, De Montfort University, Leicester. He won the Sir Banister Fletcher Award for Best Architectural Book of the Year for his book The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry.

848 pp.; 150 line drawings; 0-19-210006-8; Published: 1999; Price: $55.00
848 pp.; 150 line drawings; 0-19-280017-5; Published: 2000; Price: $17.00



A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art
Edited by IAN CHILVERS

From Renoir to Red Grooms, the only one-volume dictionary of 20th-century art

   
From Renoir and Picasso to Red Grooms and Guerrilla Girls, this is the most useful reference work on twentieth-century art available in a one volume. Compiled by Ian Chilvers, the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Art, it is both authoritative and accessible, with generous use of anecdote and clear explanations of many potentially confusing terms.

    Providing broad coverage of painting, sculpture, drawing, and the applied arts, the dictionary has major entries on the important movements and styles of the twentieth century, including Dada, Cubism, Surrealism, Art Deco, Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Body and Performance art, and Neo Expressionism. In addition there are entries on art schools and galleries, exhibitions and prizes, terms and techniques. The biographies feature not only artists but also collectors, critics, dealers, and patrons. And though the dictionary concentrates on the great names, it is not confined to the mainstream of modern art, featuring many artists working in a more popular tradition as well as interesting peripheral figures (such as the forger Elmyr de Hory).

This up-to-date and informative guide is an essential reference for anyone interested in modern art.

Ian Chilvers is a freelance writer and editor. He also edited The Oxford Dictionary of Art. He lives in London.

688 pp.; 0-19-211645-2; Published: 1998; Price: $50.00
688 pp.; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-280092-2; Published: 1999; Price: $19.00



Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1997 by Choice
A Dictionary of the Bible
W. R. F. BROWNING
Consultant Editors: RICHARD COGGINS and GRAHAM N. STANTON


"Interesting and significant."--Times Higher Education Supplement

Authoritative, comprehensive, and written for a broad readership, Oxford's Dictionary of the Bible is an invaluable guide to the books of the Old and New Testaments. The over 2,000 entries provide helpful information about the important places, people, and stories of the Bible, while clarifying the many overarching themes and controversies that are still important today. Based on the most current scholarship, the Dictionary provides clear explanations of technical terms and methods of interpretation, as well as profiles of leading biblical scholars and their contributions to the field. With its balanced approach and wide scope, this lively and absorbing reference is an ideal choice for anyone studying the Bible or those who simply wish to improve their knowledge of one of the central books of Western culture.

"Should send you scurrying to the Good Book if you don't have it to hand already. Theology, history, textual criticism, names and place-names in both Testaments, it's all there."--Sunday Telegraph

About the Editors:

Rev. Canon W. R. F. Browning was Canon Residentiary of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, from 1965 to 1987 and has been an Honorary Canon since 1987.

448 pp.; 4 maps; 0-19-280060-4; Published: 1998; Price: $16.00



NEW!: / 2002:
A Dictionary of Business
Third Edition
Edited by JOHN PALLISTER, Bristol Business School, and ALAN ISAACS, Market House Books Ltd

   
The third edition of the Dictionary of Business is a wide-ranging and informative guide to all areas of modern business. Completely revised and updated, with over 6,500 entries covering terms from marketing to taxation and accounting, business strategy to international finance, human resources management to banking, this dictionary will prove indispensable to both students and professionals. It also covers U.S. business terms as well as business and financial jargon.

    Written by a specialized team of contributors, this dictionary is authoritative yet written in a clear and accessible style. Over 500 new entries have been added for this new edition, including extensive additions to terms relating to e-commerce.


576 pp.; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-860397-5; Published: 2002; Price: $317.00



Dictionary of Celtic Mythology
JAMES MACKILLOP

An invaluable reference to one of the world's most fertile mythologies

   
This new work offers an exhaustive survey of one of the world's most fertile and exciting mythological traditions. It covers the persons, themes, concepts, places, and creatures of Celtic mythology, in all its ancient and modern traditions, in 4000 entries ranging from brief definitions to extended essays on major tale cycles. An introductory essay explains who the Celts were, explores the history of the Celtic revival, and examines the meaning and role of mythology and tradition. An invaluable pronunciation guide for the major Celtic languages, a topic index of entries, thorough cross-references within Celtic mythology and to other mythologies, such as Classical and Norse, enables the reader to see the relationship between Celtic mythology, later Irish literature, and other literary and mythological traditions.

The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology is the first place to turn for an authoritative guide to this colorful world of tragedy, revenge, honor, and heroism of Celtic myth.

"...this scholarly dictionary should be a valuable addition..."--Booklist^

James MacKillop is a former Professor of English at Syracuse University, New York.

496 pp.; 0-19-280120-1; Published: 2000; Price: $16.00



The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Third Edition
Edited by the late F. L. CROSS
Third Edition edited by E. A. LIVINGSTONE


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, since its first publication in 1957, has become the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. This new third edition, the first in over twenty years, builds on the unrivaled reputation of the previous editions. Extensively revised and updated, it reflects important changes in academic opinion and Church organization. There is increased coverage of the Eastern Churches, issues in moral theology, and developments stemming from the Second Vatican Council. Many new entries have been added--including articles on Liberation Theology, the ordination of women, Christianity in Vietnam, The Quest of the Historical Jesus, and the ethics of contraception and abortion--and the extensive bibliographies have been brought up to date. Readers are provided with over 6,000 authoritative cross-referenced A to Z entries covering all aspects of the subject.

Theological issues addressed include the development of doctrines in different Churches, heretical movements and spirituality and their exponents, and the discoveries of Nag Hammadi and their significance for Gnosticism. Coverage of patristic scholarship includes subjects like the problems of Macarius of Egypt and Macarius/Simeon and the recently discovered Sermons of St. Augustine. Churches and denominations are covered in detail, including the beliefs and structures of both the mainstream and the lesser-known denominations such as Shakers, Amish, and Wee Frees and lengthy articles on the history of Christianity throughout the world, in countries such as Ireland, Spain, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Angola, Zaire, and the Phillipines. The Church calendar and organization is a major area of coverage, with articles such as feast and saints' days; Sacraments; church services, offices, rites, and practices; canon law including Catholic revision; councils and synods; and religious orders. Extensive biographical entries include saints, popes, patriarchs, and archbishops; mystics, heretics, and reformers; theologians and philosophers; and artists, poets, and musicians whose work has been influenced by Christianity.

"Remains unrivaled as the authoritative one-volume dictionary of the Christian church, its doctrines and practices, and its most influential historical figures....Highly recommended for general libraries, especially those that serve the needs of informed lay readers or ecclesiastical researchers."--Library Journal

Praise for the Second Edition:

"Has no peer as a one-volume encyclopedia."--The Review and Expositer

E. A. Livingstone was involved in the first edition and assumed the editorship of the second on the death of F.L. Cross. She has been responsible for the organization of the International Conferences on Patristic Studies from 1971 to 1995 and has edited the proceedings. The late F.L. Cross was the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1944 to 1968.

1824 pp.; 0-19-211655-X; Published: 1997; Price: $125.00


NEW!: / 2002:
The Oxford Dictionary of Dance
DEBRA CRAINE and JUDITH MACKRELL

A fan's guide to dance performance, from the classical to the post-modern

   
Here is a lively, informative roadmap to a truly protean art form, an ideal resource for everyone who loves Swan Lake or the Rockettes, Merce Cunningham or Fred Astaire.

    The Oxford Dictionary of Dance offers wide coverage of dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, important films, and organizations involved in the dance world. It embraces the new activity within traditional forms like ballet as well as the stream of new dance languages invented by fresh generations of choreographers and the many dance forms imported from the rest of the world. Readers will find information on classical ballet, Spanish flamenco, Indian Bharata Natyam, Japanese Butoh, and jazz. The volume also covers post-modern dance, examining everything from Balanchine to recent practitioners of Eurocrash, minimalism, and contact improvisation.

Ranging from the history of music to the changing design of the ballet shoe, here is a comprehensive and affordable dictionary compiled by two leading authorities on dance.

"Highly recommended for all libraries."--Choice

Debra Craine is the deputy arts editor and chief dance critic for The Times (London). Judith Mackrell is the dance critic for The Guardian.

544 pp.; 1 line illus; 6-1/8 X 9-1/4; 0-19-860106-9; Published: 2000; Price: $50.00
544 pp.; 0-19-860400-9; Published: 2002; Price: $17.00



NEW!: / 2002:
A Dictionary of Economics
Second Edition
JOHN BLACK

   
This second edition provides comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date coverage of economics, with fully updated entries on developments such as e-commerce and the Euro.

    The author, a leading academic in his field, provides over 2,500 clear and jargon-free definitions. All aspects of economic theory, from microeconomics to public finance and international trade are covered, as well as international coverage of economic organizations and institutions. Mathematical and statistical terms widely used in economics, as well as words in related areas such as business and finance, are also covered. Anyone who comes into contact with economic terms will find this dictionary an indispensable source of reference.

John Black read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. He was Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Merton College, Oxford, from 1957 to 1966, and Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Exeter from 1967 to 1996. He has been Assistant Associate or Production Editor of the Review of Economic Studies between 1958 and 1971, of the Economic Journal from 1971 to 1980, and of Economic Policy from 1985 to 1995. He has written ^The Economics of Modern Britain, Essential Mathematics for Economists (with J.F. Bradley), and Housing Policy and Finance (with D.C. Stafford), and has helped to edit books for the International Economics Study Group and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He took early retirement in 1984 to concentrate on editorial work, and is now an Emeritus Professor of the University of Exeter, and Honorary Departmental Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

544 pp.; 31 figs; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-861349-0; Published: 2002; Price: $17.00



NEW!: / 2001:
The Film Studies Dictionary
STEVE BLANDFORD, BARRY KEITH GRANT, and JIM HILLIER

   
This unique reference work is designed to bridge the gap between guides and dictionaries that are primarily academic and theoretical and those that deal mainly in technical jargon. Above all, it is aimed at students of film and media who are likely to encounter a wide range of specialist language in a variety of places--in film reviews, critical essays, interviews with filmmakers and stars, and academic and Internet publications. The Film Studies Dictionary contains around 1,000 entries ranging from terms that have always puzzled audiences such as "best boy" and "gaffer" to those required by specialist students of film such as "post-colonial theory" and "third cinema." It uses a system of careful cross-referencing and concise and up-to-date references to further reading for exploration.

Steve Blanford teaches film at the University of Glamorgan, Wales. Barry K. Grant teaches film at Brock University in Canada. Jim Hillier teaches film at the University of Reading in England.

296 pp.; 0-340-74190-2; Publ. 2001; Price: $65.00
296 pp.; 0-340-74190-2; Publ. 2001; Price: $20.00



A Dictionary of Finance and Banking
Second Edition
Over 3,000 authoritative entries on every aspect of the financial world

Would you buy from a stag or a stale bull? Does a blue chip company issue a naked debenture? From dawn raid to liquidity trap, from FOOTSIE to the Nikkei, Dictionary of Finance and Banking, Second Edition provides comprehensive coverage of financial matters that will make it an invaluable resource for anyone working in banking or finance. Completely updated with substantially expanded coverage of banking, it contains over 3,000 entries on every aspect of the financial world: insurance, stocks and shares, commodities, takeovers and mergers, international trade, and government finance.

The dictionary also provides international coverage of the world's most important financial centers, including New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Prepared with the help of a team of experts from Lloyds Bank, this essential reference offers straightforward definitions of the latest financial jargon, making it the most inclusive paperback finance dictionary on the market. The lucid entries and in-depth coverage of personal finance--including investments, pensions, and taxes--also make the Dictionary of Finance and Banking ideal for investors, homeowners, students, and those generally interested in business and finance.

384 pp.; 0-19-280067-1; Publ. 1998; Price: $16.00



NEW!: / 2001:
A Dictionary of Human Resource Management
EDMUND HEERY and MIKE NOON

This dictionary is an authoritative source of precise and easy to understand definitions of words, terms, and phrases that are encountered in the fields of HR managment, personnel, and industrial relations. It demystifies and makes accessible the vast specialist language that has developed within the HR discipline.

Edmund Heery is Professor of HRM at Cardiff Business School and coordinator of his department's recently launched M.Sc. in Human Resource Management. He worked previously at Kingston University, Imperial College, City University, and the London School of Economics. His research and publications cover two main fields: the analysis of trade unions and the management of pay and rewards. Currently he is engaged in research into union recruitment and organizing, and the representation by unions of workers with contingent and non-standard contracts. Edmund Heery is an adviser to the Trades Union Congress and editor (with Rick Delbridge) of the Routledge Studies in Employment Relations. Mike Noon is Professor of Human Resource Management at the School of Business, De Montfort University, Leicester. He has previously held research and teaching positions at Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, and the Management School, Lancaster University. His current research interests include: organizational change and work transformation; equality and discrimination (with specific reference to ethnic minorities); and contemporary developments in human resource management. He has published widely in academic journals in the fields of industrial relations, human resource management, organizational behaviour, and the sociology of work.

480 pp.; 0-19-829618-5; Publ. 2001; Price: $90.00
480 pp.; 0-19-829618-5; Publ. 2001; Price: $30.00

NEW!: / 2002:
A Dictionary of Law
Fifth Edition
Edited by ELIZABETH A. MARTIN

This enormously successful dictionary is written in clear, jargon-free language and has proved to be an indispensable reference tool for lawyers, students, and secretaries, as well as non-specialists who need concise information about every aspect of the law. Substantially revised and expanded for this fifth edition, it is an ideal legal guide to the language and concepts of law in the United Kingdom or any Commonwealth country where the legal system is founded on English law.

The dictionary features over 3,650 entries defining and explaining the major terms, concepts, processes, and organization of the law, which have been compiled by practising lawyers and so are authoritative and up-to-date.

Revisions include all legal developments since the publication of the previous edition in 1997, covering new legal terms that have resulted from Lord Woolf's reform of the justice system.

560 pp.; 0-19-860399-1; Publ. 2002; Price: $17.00



Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies
Fifth Edition
JAMES WATSON and ANNE HILL, both at West Kent College

This now-standard reference offers instant access to the latest information on communication and cultural theory, media policy and media practice. In addition to its usual comprehensive coverage of topics as diverse as media audiences, censorship, electronic mail, and communications models, this new edition includes a new chronology of media events, providing a guide to key moments in the development of the mass media, as well as a host of new entries.

384 pp.; 0-340-73205-9; Publ. 2000; Price: $20.00


The Oxford Dictionary of Music
Second Edition
MICHAEL KENNEDY
Associate Editor: JOYCE BOURNE


A new edition of the most comprehensive one-volume music dictionary available

   
When The Oxford Dictionary of Music first appeared, it was hailed as "without question the most comprehensive, detailed, reliable one-volume reference work on music now available in the English language" (Music and Musicians). Extensively revised and expanded, the second edition features over 900 entirely new entries, and many more descriptions of U.S. composers and performers than in the original work. Now with over 12,000 total entries, the dictionary remains the most comprehensive one-volume reference work available, offering a wealth of information on music and musicians from the Middle Ages to the present.

    As in the past, the dictionary's coverage is exceptional, spanning musical topics of all kinds. Arranged alphabetically and laid out in an attractive two-column format, the entries cover over 2,000 composers of all nationalities, from Ludwig van Beethoven to Stravinsky and Strauss (including extensive, up-to-date lists of their principal works); almost 1,800 entries on performers in all fields, from Beverly Sills, to Paul McCartney, to Vaclav Nijinsky; over 450 entries on conductors; over 2,200 definitions of musical terms and forms, such as "intonation," "reggae," and "partimento"; over 550 descriptions of musical instruments; entries on leading orchestras and music academies around the world; and information on critics, journalists, and other writers on music.

Written to appeal to general readers as well as musicians and musicologists, The Oxford Dictionary of Music is an indispensable addition to the reference shelf of the concert goer, the opera buff, the record buyer, or anyone involved in music, whether amateur or professional.

"The first edition of this title received an unequivocal endorsement in RBB stating that it was 'indispensable to all types of libraries'; this new edition merits the same recommendation."--Booklist

"An excellent resource for music and history students."--School Library Journal

"Up-to-date, and, frankly, indispensable."--The Times

IAbout the Author:

Michael Kennedy is one of England's foremost authorities on music. He has been a music critic for over forty years, at present with The Sunday Telegraph of London, and he has written books on Mahler, Strauss, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Britten.

1008 pp.; music examples; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; 0-19-869162-9; Published: 1995; Price: $50.00
832 pp.; music examples throughout; 0-19-280037-X; Published: 1996; Price: $18.00



NEW!: / 2001, 2002:
A Dictionary of Psychology
ANDREW M. COLMAN

The most up-to-date dictionary of psychology available, and the only one to combine psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis in one volume

   
From aggression to amnesia and from schizophrenia to shock therapy, here are 10,500 alphabetically arranged entries that cover all the major topics in psychology.

    Guided by an eminent team of seven consultant editors--including Robert J. Sternberg, Harvey R. Schiffman, Dr. Leonard W. Hamilton, Robert P. Kimble, and Dr. Robert Spitzer--Andrew Colman provides in A Dictionary of Psychology clear, concise definitions of terms and concepts in such areas as sensation and perception, cognition, learning and skills, mental disorders, emotion and motivation. Colman not only covers all areas of psychology, but he also explains relevant technical words from other disciplines used by psychologists, including psychiatry, neuroanatomy, and statistics--subjects that are often excluded from single-volume dictionaries of psychology. Likewise, this is the only dictionary to offer extensive coverage of psychoanalysis, with clear explanations of terms introduced by Freud, Jung, Adler, Erikson, Kohut, Lacan, Reich, and others. There is comprehensive coverage of phobias and phobic stimuli and mental disorders, as well as a list of over 700 abbreviations and symbols commonly used in psychology. All entries are detailed and explicit, with word origins and illustrations given where necessary. Moreover, the entries are far more extensively cross-referenced than customary. For example, the entry "visual illusion" includes cross-references to every particular visual illusion described in the dictionary, and the entry for "cranial nerve" directs the reader to all twelve of the human cranial nerves, each of which has its own separate entry.

Written by a leading authority and completely up to date, the Dictionary is an ideal resource for students of psychology, professional psychologists, and the general reader.


    Andrew Colman
is Reader in Psychology at the University of Leicester. He is the author of What is Psychology? and editor of The Routledge Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology. Robert P. Kimble is at the University of Oregon. Dr. Leonard W. Hamilton and Harvey R. Schiffman are at Rutgers University. Robert J. Sternberg is at Yale University. And Dr. Robert Spitzer is at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.




864 pp.; 75 line illus; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; 0-19-866211-4; Published: 2001; Price: $45.00
864 pp.; 79 intergrated b/w line drawings; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-280023-X; Published: 2002; Price: $17.00



NEW!: / 2001:
Dictionary of Ancient Deities
PATRICIA TURNER and the late CHARLES RUSSELL COULTER

The most extensive reference ever compiled on ancient deities

Nothing reveals more about a civilization than the gods and goddesses it worships. For thousands of years men and women have fashioned stories about divine beings to explain their most mysterious, terrifying, and exalted experiences. And yet today the names of many of these deities lie buried. The Dictionary of Ancient Deities brings those names to light.

    Here, in one superbly written volume, is every known divine being throughout recorded history, from Athena and Brahma to the evil demon king Ngworekara of the African Fan people and the Babylonian dream messenger Zaqar. With over 10,000 entries, The Dictionary of Ancient Deities is the most comprehensive reference of its kind, covering not only gods and goddesses but also spirits, places, festivals, sacred texts and objects, heroes, monsters, demigods, and the plethora of fantastic mythical beasts that have populated the human imagination from time immemorial. The encyclopedia also includes many deities often missing from standard collections, notably from Inuit, Native American, and African cultures. Alphabetically arranged entries provide the name of each deity (with alternate spellings), followed by the tribe or culture that worshipped the deity. Most importantly, the entries--whether brief descriptions or longer essays--offer lucid and engaging explanations of the origins and functions of the god or goddess, as well as any needed cross-references to guide the reader to related topics.

With a comprehensive index and an extensive bibliography, The Dictionary of Ancient Deities is the best choice for scholars, students, or anyone intrigued by the rich pantheon of divine beings that have mirrored the human psyche and shaped our earliest civilizations.

Patricia Turner is a writer and researcher living in Daly City, California. The late Charles Russell Coulter, of Los Angeles, was a novelist and engineer.

608 pp.; 7 x 10; 0-19-514504-6; Published: 2001; Price: $25.00



The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
Fourth Edition
DAVID HUGH FARMER

"A memorable and absorbing collection."--The Methodist Recorder

From the famous to the obscure, this new edition of the immensely popular Oxford Dictionary of Saints provides concise, readable accounts of the lives of over 1,300 saints, more than any similar guide. In addition to the biographical sketches, information on the cults and artistic associations of particular saints is also given full coverage.

Fully revised and updated for this new edition, this handy resource also includes new entries on a number of recently canonized saints as well as a new appendix on patronages. The inclusion of more saints from Europe confirms the dictionary's reputation as the standard one-volume work available in English. A book to be dipped into again and again, The Oxford Dictionary of Saints will intrigue anyone who delights in stories of the marvelous, the uncanny, and the bizarre.

Praise for previous editions:

"This edlightful array of the good and the incredible is the sort of thing that gives hagiography a good name."--The Times (London)

"Even those who do not believe in saints...will be able to enjoy and to profit from this splendid book."--The Economist

"An essential reference work for anyone interested in the subject."--The Daily Telegraph

"Excellent and readable....A holy dip that's much more pleasant than baptism."--The Guardian

About the Author:

David Hugh Farmer retired as Reader in History at Reading University in 1988. His books include Magna Vita Sancti Hugonis: The Life of St Hugh of Lincoln by Adam of Eynsham, which he edited with Decima L. Douie for the Oxford Medieval Texts series.

576 pp.; 0-19-280058-2; Published: 1998; Price: $15.00



NEW!: / 2002:
Dictionary of the Social Sciences
Edited by CRAIG CALHOUN

Featuring over 1,800 concise definitions of key terms, the Dictionary of the Social Sciences is the most comprehensive, authoritative single-volume work of its kind. With coverage on the vocabularies of anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, cultural studies, and Marxism, the Dictionary is an integrated, easy-to-use, A-to-Z reference tool. Designed for students and nonspecialists, it examines classic and contemporary scholarship including basic terms, concepts, theories, schools of thought, methodologies, issues, and controversies. As a true dictionary, it also contains concise, jargon-free definitions that explain the rich, sometimes complex language of these increasingly visible fields. Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council in New York City. A distinguished sociologist, he has taught at the University of North Carolina and New York University, and is co-author, with Donald Light and Suzanne Keller, of the bestselling textbook Sociology, now in its seventh edition.

584 pp.; 1 b/w illus; 7 x 10; 0-19-512371-9; Published: 2002; Price: $75.00


NEW!: / 2002:
A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism Terminology
A. BEAVER, Buckingham Chilterns University College

This dictionary provides approximately 7000 definitions of travel and tourism terminology, used in the English speaking world. It covers the operating language of the industry, acronyms such as organizations, trade bodies and airlines, IT terms and brand names, for example "Air Miles". The book covers all aspects of the tourism industry, including hospitality, transport -- road, rail, air and sea, and ancillary services such as car rental, insurance, passport and visa services, and foreign currency. Entries vary from one-line definitions to 500 word articles. References are provided for further reading, and where possible website addresses are given for organizations. It is an essential reference tool for anyone involved in tourism research, and everyone in the travel industry.

352 pp.; 0-85-199582-9; Published: 2002; Price: $90.00


A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works
Edited by MICHAEL COX

A quick-reference guide to authors and their works. The focus is on the general canon of British literature from the fifteenth century to the present. There is also some coverage of non-fiction such as biographies, memoirs, and science, as well as inclusion of major American, Commonwealth, and other foreign writers.

Michael Cox is Senior Commissioning Editor, Reference Books, at OUP and is currently compiling The Oxford Chronology of English Literature on a freelance basis. His previous books for the Press include The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories and The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (both with R. A. Gilbert); Victorian Detective Stories: An Oxford Anthology; and The Oxford Book of twentieth-Century Ghost Stories.

688 pp.; 0-19-866249-1; Published: 2001; Price: $35.00



A Dictionary of World History
Compiled by MARKET HOUSE BOOKS

Contains more than 4,700 entries, and covers 4,000 years of history

This new Oxford reference work is the most up-to-date dictionary of world history available in paperback. The generous coverage of all aspects of history, from prehistory right up to the present day, makes this book the ideal guide both for students and the general reader.

-- More than 4,500 clear and concise entries
-- Biographies of key figures in world history, from Alexander the Great to Bill Clinton, Elizabeth I to Nelson Mandela
-- Full international coverage with detailed entries for every country in the world
-- Subject entries on religious and political movements, international organizations, and key battles and places
-- Fifty detailed maps covering events and topics such as the Black Death, the Boer War, and the African slave trade

704 pp.; 50 maps; 0-19-280105-8; Published: 2000; Price: $17.00


 

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