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Dictionary of Concepts in History REF D13.R49 1986
Dictionary of the Middle Ages REF D114.D5 1982
Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing REF D14.E53 1999
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment REF D286.D5413 2001t
This 2 volume set, which has a French and European orientation, focuses primarily on concepts, bringing to bear recent advances in scholarship and new geographic and disciplinary approaches. There are articles on the countries and cultural regions where the Enlightenment flourished and on the major fields of intellectual activity, cultural institutions and anthropological categories.
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