Duck Duck Book

1 – world history of tax rebellions
06.13.2004, 12:04 am
Filed under: social sciences

A world history of tax rebellions : an encyclopedia of tax rebels, revolts, and riots from antiquity to the present / David F. Burg.
New York : Routledge, c2004.
[MCL call number: R-336.2 B954w 2004; 1 copy reference only at Central]

A handy little reference book on an odd but useful subject. The book includes a section on taxing terms and strategies, short biographies of notable figures in the history of tax rebellion (all men, as far as I can tell, except for Joan Baez), and a series of entries on various tax rebellions arranged chronologically, from c. 2350 b.c. to 2002 in our own century. Tax rebellions in Europe and North America make up the bulk of the book, but shorter entries are provided on rebellions in in the Caribbean, China, India, North Africa, and the Middle East. The book also has a decent subject index, an index by place name, and a concise bibliography.

A World History of Tax Rebellions is clearly arranged and informative, but it has some problems. One is that it doesn’t seem to mention Oregon at all, despite our complex and fascinating history of tax-related strife. Another is that some entries that should be long (like the one on the British poll tax rebellion of the early 1990s) are actually rather short (like two measley pages). However, it is still a worthy read. Why don’t they put this sort of thing in airport waiting areas, instead of USA Today and Teen People?


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