The Diccionario histórico de Bolivia (DHB) is a major effort and one of the most complete historical dictionaries I have encountered. It spans the period from prehistory to 2001, with articles written by many of the most important Bolivianists alive. It covers not only historical events and people but also major books on Bolivian history published in Spanish (including important novels) and many newspapers in publication for five years or more, as well as the history of localities such as towns, departments, and provinces. Other contributions address major historical concepts: for example, capitalism, livestock and herding, mining, or romanticism. Volume 2 concludes with a series of 23 maps, ranging from pre-Inca societies to present-day ecclesiastical boundaries. It thus is not just a dictionary, but also a historical encyclopedia that will serve academic specialists, high school history students, and anyone in between.

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