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ANCIENT, MEDIÆVAL AND MODERN HISTORY.
By CARL PLOETZ.
Assistant in Harvard University Library.
An admirably concise and accurate general history, embracing the salient features in the records of all nations and peoples of which any account has come down to us. It is excellently adapted for use in colleges, seminaries, academies, and schools, as well as for private libraries.
The Nation (N. Y.). “Dr. Ploetz's book is first a dictionary of dates, so arranged by the aid of different types as to throw out into prominence the more important ones, and to show the subordination of the rest to them. But it is also a very successful effort to suggest more than the date and event. It aims to group facts about races and territories so as to show their essential connection. It traces by a word and hint here and there the most important lines of intellectual and religious development. In short, it tries to answer just the leading questions which an intelligent pupil would be sure to ask at the outset of his studies.
Excellent as the original is, we have no hesitation in saying that the translation is a great improvement upon it. It contains considerably over a third more matter, mainly in the history of England and America, which were notably deficient in the original. China, Japan and India also have been granted a space commensurate with their importance as factors in modern civilization. These are the absolute additions. Other portions are marked by the translator as having been considerably enlarged or changed. The result is a really beautisul piece of workmanship,-a work destined, we believe, to become indispensable to every teacher of history."
Boston Advertiser. “Mr. Tillinghast's Ploetz is an epitome of universal history exceeding the value of the original, and the best outline of which the teachers of general history can possibly make use in our colleges and secondary schools. Besides that, the Epitome is a most excellent reference-book for the facts and dates of history.
Is entitled to the immediate attention of all persons who teach or study universal history. They cannot find a better manual."
The Churchman (N. Y.). " It takes up successively ancient, mediæval and modern history, giving not only a succinct, connected narrative of its chief events, but, in the margin, the time of their occurrence; so that it is a history and a dictionary of dates in one. By a copious index, and an arrangement of type, it is made easy of reference to find any specific fact or date, and it thus becomes serviceable to the general reader as well as to the student. It takes a very wide range, and in this compact volume an incredible amount of information is condensed."
Magazine of American History. “ The distinguishing seature of this work is the arrangement whereby a brief connected narrative is accompanied by a clear, well graduated chronology, which emphasizes the sequence of events without breaking up the story or fatiguing the mind. It is intended for the use of upper classes in the higher educational institutions, as a guide or handbook in the historical class-room. It is adapted also for private use, and facilitates rapid acquisition of information concerning historical matters which has for the moment escaped the memory. Especial care seems to have been devoted to the index, which is very full, and thus the book may serve the purpose of an historical dictionary as well as a chronology." For sale by all Booksellers. Sent by mail, postpaid, on receipt of price by the Publishers, HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO., Boston. 11 East 17th Street, New York.
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AN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL OF LIBERAL EDUCATION. A plan has long been in contemplation to establish at Ann Arbor, the seat of the University of Michigan, a journal of high character, that should reflect the maturest thought on educational, literary, scientific, artistic, political and historical questions of current interest. The presence and the influence of this great center of learning seemed to afford unusual facilities for carrying forward such an enterprise; and it was felt that an institution of so great influence in moulding the education of the West should have some recognized medium of communication with the leading teachers and scholars of the country. Through a series of steps not necessary here to describe, the fortnightly Index, now about to enter upon its third year, finds itself in a position to undertake the mission just indicated; and the attention of the educational public is invited to the announcement we now have to make.
By an arrangement recently completed with Professors Alexander Winchell, Charles K. Adams and William H. Payne, of the University of Michigan, these gentlemen have been added to the editorial staff of the INDEX; and the paper will be conducted hereafter in accordance with the following general plan:
I.-ALEXANDER WINCHELL, LL.D., Professor of Geology and Palæontology, will take in charge the department of Science and Arts, and by way of editorials, notes and leading articles will present regularly a careful digest of whatever is most valuable in these important domains of knowledge. There is a growing recognition of the value of science in all schemes of public education; and Dr. Winchell will discuss the various phases of scientific intelligence and instruction.
II.-CHARLES K. ADAMS, LL.D., Professor of History, and Dean of the School of Political Science, will write upon current affairs and upon such Historical themes as bear on matters of present political and educational importance. He will also discuss another class of subjects now assuming a deserved prominence-the training of the young for the duties of citizenship through suitable instruction in Political Science; and the need of diffusing among the people at large correct ideas on governmental and municipal administration.
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IV.—The LITERARY DEPARTMENT, remaining in the same hands as heretofore, will continue to maintain a high standard of excellence. A trustworthy record of the latest publications will be presented, and a series of leading essays and short poems of merit will be made prominent features.
V.–The DEPARTMENT OF Criticism will be conducted in a spirit of judicial independence. Exhaustive review articles, and extended notices of important works and events of the realm of Art, written by specialists in their several lines, will express the critical judgments of men qualified to form an unbiased opinion.
VI.—LETTERS FROM FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS will contain intelligence of progress in different parts of the world. We shall allow our home correspondents ample space for the discussion of all questions that fall within the compass of an educational and literary journal.
VII.-The INDEX will be issued fortnightly, the subscription price remaining as before$2.00 per year, prepaid. The publishers are encouraged to solicit subscribers among all persons interested in the maintenance of an independent journal of liberal education such as the Index, upon the broad plan here outlined, aims to be. For the present all subscriptions may be sent directly to the
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THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Its Political History and Influence.
BY PROF. J. H. PATTON, Author of “ A Concise History of the American People;" “ How we are Governed;"
Natural Resources of the United States," Yorktown, 1781-1881 ;" etc.
To those who know the Democratic organization only by its recent platforms, campaign battle-cries, and press utterances, this little book will come as a revelation. No adequate conception can be formed of the real policy and principles of the Democratic Party without studying its attitude on economic and state questions, from its organization to the zenith of its
PRESS OPINIONS. “An instructive outline review of the whole political history of the United States.”—N. Y. Times.
" He has written a book that for conciseness of statement and broadness of ground covered, is a masterpiece." -Rochester Herald.
“In a spirit of fairness, he has reviewed the history of the Democracy from the days of Jefferson down to the present time. He has pointed out the good it has done and given credit for it. He has pointed out also the harm it has done and held the party to the strictest accountability. Mr. Patton has gathered into a small volume a large amount of information.”—Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
“ The oldest of these—the Democratic—is the basis of the book, while its chief rivals—the Federal, the Whig and the Republican parties--are examined. All the important political events and measures are here arranged under their headings, and the thoughtsul reader cannot help finding himself well informed on the political, moral, financial, and industrials questions of the day "—N. Y. Graphic.
" For the preparation of a sketch showing the nature and tendencies of a political party, the drift of events, the force of ideas, and the underlying causes of men's actions, no one is better qualified.”—Magasine of American History (N. Y.).
“A remarkable book, bringing out a number of very important facts not known to any but those who have made a careful study of our Nation's history.”—National Tribune,
It is a book that every voter, and every student of American history ought to possess. Sold at all booksellers, or mailed post-paid by the publishers.
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