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The Encyclopedists of the 1930s: The Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

The other day I was hunting up an encyclopedia entry written by the historian Carl Becker that I hoped would clinch a certain argument in the chapter I am writing. It appeared in the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1930-1935), a tremendous, fifteen volume project edited by the economists E. R. A. Seligman and Alvin Johnson. But my curiosity got the better of my expedition and I began paging through the last volume, which contains indices organized both by entry and by contributor. What else did Becker write about, I wondered, and what interesting pairings might I find? Probably the Read more