With the publication of The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, a new and significant work has arrived on the horizon. The present encyclopedia is a supplement to its predecessor, The Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, which was edited by E. R. A. Saligman and Alvin Johnson and published in the early 1930's by Macmillian. The old encyclopedia has won world-wide acclaim for its scholarship and has been of tremendous use to students, scholars, and researchers for the past 35 years. In 1955 a committee was organized to study the possibility of publishing a new encyclopedia. The tremendous growth of the field, together with increasingly newer methods and conceptualization indicated that the time was ripe for starting to work on a new set.
The present encyclopedia is impressive in its size and scope. David L. Sills is the editor, Alvin Johnson the honorary editor, and W.