The Encyclopedia of New York State
Peter Eisenstadt, Editor in Chief
Laura-Eve Moss, Managing Editor
The Encyclopedia of New York State is one of the most complete works on the Empire
State to be published in a half-century. In nearly 2,000 pages and 4,000 signed
entries, this single volume captures the impressive complexity of New York State
as a historic crossroads of people and ideas, as a cradle of abolitionism and
feminism, and as an apex of modern urban, suburban, and rural life.
The Encyclopedia of New York State website with sample entries
"This remarkable resource provides comprehensive coverage of New York State and includes information on local history, politics, culture, religion and geography. . . . With entries as electric as curling, mining, egg creams, Rod Serling, spiedie sauce, interstate highways, jazz, Indian reservations, beer and department stores; the editors have succeeded in including every aspect of this diverse state. . . . This encyclopedia is highly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries that support the study of New York in their collections."
"The contributors and editors have done an excellent job. . . . There is a specificity and depth to the writing that is not often found in a subject encyclopedia. The index is an excellent finding aid for subjects that do not have an entry. . . . This ambitious project is a definite success. . . . Recommended for academic and large public libraries in contiguous states and any library that has former or prospective New Yorkers."
"Achieving a rare standard of excellence, this encyclopedia contains a wealth of knowledge about the history, culture, politics, sports, flora, fauna, geography, industry, agriculture, and people of this large and diverse state. The entries, written by over 1,200 specialists, are of sufficient length and depth to provide a full sense of the topic's history and importance. The editors have succeeded admirably in maintaining clear guidelines so that entries pertain to the state of New York and do not encompass too broad of a scopeno easy task, given the often national and international impact of many New Yorkers and their enterprises. Most impressive is the depth of history, whether the subject is a county, business, town, place, craft, ethnic group, sport, religion, or school. Because New York City is the subject of its own encyclopedia, its entry and related topics are treated in somewhat less depth (though, appropriately, given its profound impact, September 11th is the subject of a long entry). The volume is illustrated with black and white illustrations, tables, and occasional inset boxes, and it offers a rich read, full of unexpected facts and information."
—Book News Inc.
"[A] powerhouse of a book....The Encyclopedia of New York State, Peter Eisenstadt, Editor in Chief, Syracuse University Press, 1,925 pages, hardcover, $95.00, 0-8156-0808-X. A superlative service to scholars and citizens, and to New York State, and a model for all states still needing to meet the twenty-first century's information thirst. A stunning achievement."
The Encyclopedia of New York State is one of the most complete works on the Empire State to be published in a half-century. In nearly 2,000 pages and 4,000 signed entries, this single volume captures the impressive complexity of New York State as a historic crossroads of people and ideas, as a cradle of abolitionism and feminism, and as an apex of modern urban, suburban, and rural life. The Encyclopedia is packed with fascinating details from fields ranging from sociology and geography to history. Did you know that Manhattan's Lower East Side was once the most populated neighborhood in the world, but Hamilton County in the Adirondacks is the least densely populated county east of the Mississippi; New York is the only state to border both the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean; the Erie Canal opened New York City to rich farmland upstate . . . and to the west. Entries by experts chronicle New York's varied areas, politics, and persuasions with a cornucopia of subjects from environmentalism to higher education to railroads, weaving the state's diverse regions and peoples into one idea of New York State.
Lavishly illustrated with 500 photographs and figures, 120 maps, and 140 tables, the Encyclopedia is key to understanding the state's past, present, and future. It is a crucial reference for students, teachers, historians, and business people, for New Yorkers of all persuasions, and for anyone interested in finding out more about New York State.
Peter Eisenstadt served as managing editor of The Encyclopedia of New York
City and is the author of several works on New York State history. Laura-Eve Moss specializes in the political and constitutional history of
New York State, and she is currently an editor of The Papers of Andrew Jackson.
9 x 12, 2,000 pages, 500 photographs, 120 maps, 140 tables, index
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