Praise for the previous edition:
"This noteworthy, handsomely packaged contribution to the literature illuminates many of the most critical treaties and alliances throughout world history. It distinguishes itself from [other] works...Recommended..."Choice
"Anyone who wants to put these documents in perspective will find this set a wonderful resource."Booklist
"An objective, useful work and one of the few on the subject accessible to secondary school students."School Library Journal
Treaties and alliances govern relations among states and have exerted tremendous influence on historical events throughout the ages. However, it can be hard to find concise, accurate summaries of the terms and consequences of specific treaties. Encyclopedia of Historical Treaties and Alliances, Second Edition solves this problem, bringing extensive excerpts from the treaties of more than 420 international agreements in an elegantly accessible format.
Divided into chronological chapters ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the present, each chapter begins with a summary of the important trends and events in international relations of the era. Entries on specific agreements follow, with each containing the date of the document's signing, a list of signatory nations, the leading negotiators, and key terms. A narrative discussion outlines the historical context, identifies the essential positions of the signatories, and summarizes the document's significance. In addition to treaties that concluded wars, the book includes treaties on the environment, armaments, trade, human rights, scientific exploration, and many other concerns.
This edition of Encyclopedia of Historical Treaties and Alliances includes 20 new multilateral treaties and conventions, taking into account the transition in the orientation of U.S. foreign policy that was ushered in with the administration of George W. Bush. A new chapter called "International Threats, Global Opportunities" begins with a thematic and historical overview followed by nine new treaties. In addition, sources for all treaty documents have been added, making it easy to cite information. Accessible to all audiences, this up-to-date encyclopedia gives students, researchers, and teachers a clear idea of the changing political conditions throughout history.
New coverage includes:
- Belfast Agreement (“Good Friday Agreement”)
- Convention against Corruption
- Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
- Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
- Convention on Climate Change
- Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
- Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change
- Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms
- Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants
- Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict
- Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
- Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children
- Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
- Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (Treaty of Moscow)
- Protocol to the Convention on Torture.
Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. In two volumes.
About the Author(s)
Charles Phillips is president of a research and creative services firm and is the author, editor, and producer of numerous works of nonfiction. He has been editor-in-chief of several major historical reference works, including Facts On File's three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars.
Alan Axelrod has served as consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions, including the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum, the Airman Memorial Museum, and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. He has been a creative consultant for The Wild West television documentary series, Civil War Journal, and The Discovery Channel. The author of some 60 books, including Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Wars with Charles L. Phillips, Axelrod has written on a wide variety of non-fiction topics.