by Peter Salt
One of the strengths of the Bibliography is the documenting of chapters within collective volumes such as conference proceedings and Festschriften. The collating of such information can be difficult and time-consuming. Details are gathered from the British National Bibliography, reviews, publishers, end notes, and feedback from users and section editors. Titles such as, “The reign of Henry IV: rebellion and survival, 1403-1413” edited by Gwilym Dodd and Douglas Biggs are obvious candidates for inclusion. However other titles are more obscure and need investigation. For instance, “Bettler in der europäischen Stadt der Moderne” edited by Beate Althammer, turned out to include a chapter on the experiences and perceptions of beggars in 19th-century Oxford by Richard Dyson and Steven King. Indeed at first glance, “Herrschaftsräume, Herrschaftspraxis und Kommunikation zur Zeit Friedrichs II” edited by Knut Görich et al could easily be dismissed as not relevant: however it contained a chapter on the chronicler Matthew Paris and the contemporary perceptions of Frederick II in England by Björn Weiler. And who would have thought that “Decentering America” by Jessica Gienow-Hecht would have contained chapters on English-Palatine relations during 1608-32 and British and German anti-nuclear protests, 1957-64. Authors can, via feedback, have their chapters added, such was the case with “Proceedings : First Danish history of nursing conference” edited by Susanne Malchau Dietz which included an article on religion, philanthropy and civic culture in 19th-century Britain by Carmen Mangion. A keen-eyed section editor also provided the details for “Skagerrakschlacht : Vorgeschichte – Ereignis – Verarbeitung” by Michael Epkenhans et al which contained a range of articles on Anglo-German naval relations.