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Encyclopaedia Britannica


the oldest and one of the most famous universal encyclopedias in the capitalist world.

The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published in three volumes in Edinburgh from 1768 to 1771. On the whole, the first eight editions were not of a very high standard. K. Marx, who used the eighth edition of the encyclopedia, remarked (based on his study of the articles on military and historical subjects) in a letter to F. Engels on July 16, 1857, that this encyclopedia was “copied almost verbatim from German and French publications” (K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 29, p. 123). The ninth edition (1875-89, in 25 volumes) of the Britannica showed considerable improvement, especially in the sections on the natural and exact sciences. The 11th edition (1910-11, in 29 volumes) is considered to be the best: the content was broadened, biographies of living figures were included for the first time, and the scientific content of a number of articles was highly esteemed by contemporaries. The extremely well-compiled index was also noteworthy. In 1929 the 14th edition of the Britannica was published in 24 volumes; it was the last edition to be numbered. Since that time the Britannica has been published using the so-called continuous revision system, according to which a small portion of the articles are revised at the time of each annual reprinting. Some American and British scholars, in analyzing the Encyclopaedia Britannica, have noted that most of the articles have been reprinted for many years without any changes although many of them contain outmoded, erroneous information.

The predominant type of article is an extended survey of a broad subject, as a result of which the number of entries is comparatively small (averaging 40,000 terms). The publishers of the Britannica draw upon scholars from approximately 50 countries to write the articles. Many questions of history, philosophy, politics, and economics are explained from anticommunist points of view.

At the beginning of the 20th century a joint Anglo-American venture was formed to work on the Britannica, a fact which has led to its transformation into a British-American encyclopedia both in content and in the basic staff of authors and editors. Since the early 1940’s the Britannica has been published in Chicago by Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., headed by W. Benton (died 1973). An editorial section of the Britannica has been retained in London. Since 1938 yearbooks entitled Britannica Book of the Year . . . have been brought out (in separate American and British editions).

In 1947, four supplementary volumes of the Britannica were published, reflecting the events of 1937-46 connected with World War II and its preparation and consequences. For the 200th anniversary of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, in 1968, three volumes were issued containing major articles on various branches of knowledge. In 1969 announcements appeared in the press concerning the initial stage of preparing a new edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.


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Encyclopedia Britanica 15th Edition, Micropedia ready reference Encyclopedia, Britanica Inc.
Para una atrevida comedia britanica esto es extraordinario.
Este trecho tem um cunho autobiografico, a escritora britanica bem pode ser a escritora portuguesa Helena Marques e este resumo tem a forca de sintetizar o contexto das varias historias de Ilhas Contadas.
Ya Martin, Irvine, Narin, Stevens & Sterritt (1990) habian detectado este patron logistico como una senal de alarma para la ciencia britanica.
3) Other examples of relevant allusions can be found in Thomas Heywood's Exemplary Lives (1640) and Troia Britanica (1614).
We are indebted for financial and logistical support to the Asociaci6n Cultural Peruano Britanica, Lima, and particularly to the Cultural Director Maria Elena Herrera.
A nao compreensao de Joana de um fato cotidiano (uso do sistema bancario) aponta para o seu posicionamento como outgroup da cultura britanica e para a necessidade da (re-)construcao de sua identidade como brasileira.
Londres Latina: La presencia colombiana en la capital britanica.
Indeed, Nicholas Goodman's pamphlet Hollands Leaguer; or, An Historical Discourse of the Life and Actions of Dona Britanica Hollandia, the Arch Mistress of the wicked women of Eutopia (1632) portrays the expansion of the city as a project that cannot be interwoven into an English national narrative.
Se pare insa ca parintele conservatorismului a acceptat tacit esecul elitelor britanice in administrarea si gestionarea adecvata a coloniilor americane (7); pe langa aceasta, revolutia americana avea ca scop obtinerea independentei de sub tutela britanica care ii obnubila cresterea si dezvoltarea ca societate, nu dezicerea radicala fata de propriul trecut si inlocuirea lui cu programe utopice si implicit pernicioase.
Cornelia's tale is closely based on--in part directly plagiarized from--that of the titular character of Nicholas Goodman's Hollands leaguer: or, An historical discourse of the life and actions of Dona Britanica Hollandia the arch-mistris of the wicked women of Eutopia (1632).