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978-1-5381-0232-9 • Hardback • October 2017 • $170.00 • (£131.00)
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Charles Schmitz is a professor of geography at Towson University. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Schmitz served as president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, spending most summers during those years overseeing work at the Institute in Yemen. Dr. Schmitz taught at the Yemen College for Middle Eastern Studies in Sanaa in 2013 and has been an affiliated scholar with the Middle East Institute in Washington DC since 2009.
Robert D. Burrowes was an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Washington and at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) from 1990 until his retirement in 2003, and he continues to maintain ties with the JSIS.
Editor’s Foreword (Jon Woronoff)Preface
Acronyms and Abbreviations
About the Author
The long, internecine war in Yemen, begun in the 1990s, has dramatically deteriorated since the publication of the second edition of this reference work in 2009 (CH, Jun'10, 47-5397). Edited by Schmitz (geography, Towson Univ.) and Burrowes, the two major experts on this Arab Gulf nation, this third edition provides updated and expanded versions of the two earlier editions compiled by Burrowes. Among other new material, the third edition contains entries on Houthi and Salafi leaders and the "final dates" of individuals who were still alive in the previous editions. Like other titles in the "Historical Dictionaries" series, this work includes hundreds of entries on individuals, places, events, and institutions. The eclectic scope of the coverage is impressive, ranging from IMF/World Bank aid, monsoons, and water resources to Jews and Judaism in Yemen. An extensive chronology and introduction and an informative bibliography arranged by topic enhance the reference value of this important work, which provides superb background material about this historical yet under-reported nation. Summing Up: Essential. All academic levels/libraries.
— Choice Reviews
This updated edition, coauthored by two Yemen experts, begins with a chronology (1200 B.C.E.-April 2017), a list of acronyms and abbreviations, and an introduction that discusses the history; land and people; social and political developments since the 1970s; the civil war, 2015-2017; and so much more. There are approximately one thousand cross-referenced entries that use ‘see’ references when necessary. Entries range in length from a short paragraph to several pages for a topic like religion. The bibliography, arranged by topic, is a valuable resource for users. This is an essential reference for users wanting to understand the current situation in Yemen, as the previous edition published in 2010. Recommended for academic and public libraries.
— American Reference Books Annual