book reviews Simon J. Bronner and Joshua R. Brown, editors. Pennsylvania Germans, An Interpretive Encyclopedia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. 554 pp. Hardcover, $80.00. An edited compilation by experts in specific branches of history, anthropol- ogy, and the arts, Pennsylvania Germans, An Interpretive Encyclopedia dispels much of the cultural mystery through which Anglo-Americans have long squinted at their central European co-immigrants for understanding. It also builds a considerable case for confronting the undertreatment of Pennsylvania German contributions to greater American identity and culture, succeeding at making known their outsize influence in the formative early period of this country’s history. And while the Pennsylvania Germans have been a large minority in America’s most diverse colony and early state, the authors have striven to make known the Pennsylvania Germans’ spectrum of diversity within their own ranks. This publication is a wieldy reference book, and most readers will find a chapter or chapters that suit their specific interests or answer their research needs. Taken all together, there is some redundancy, but that is not prob- lematic because it allows chapters to stand on their own where necessary, as encyclopedia entries should. Those chapters cover such topics as European origins, language, religion,
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies – Penn State University Press
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