Encyclopedia of the World's Nations and Cultures, Volumes 1-4

Encyclopedia of the World's Nations and Cultures, Volumes 1-4

George Thomas Kurian


This encyclopedia, edited via Kurian, a prolific packager of ordinary reference works from CQ Press, proof On dossier, and different reference publishers, is promoted by means of the writer as "an vast overhaul" of Encyclopedia of the World's countries, released in 2002.

Instead of the local association present in Worldmark Encyclopedia of the countries (p.104), association is alphabetical through kingdom. There are 3 new entries (for East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, and Marshall Islands), bringing the whole variety of international locations to 193. each one access starts with a "Basic truth Sheet" (head of country, capital, quarter, faith, nationwide vacations, etc) and a wide black-and-white political map. not like with a number of the competing global survey assets of this sort, the maps listed here are uncluttered and intensely effortless at the eyes. the most physique of every uniformly prepared access involves greater than 20 truly categorized subsections. those contain either the standard, equivalent to "Geographical Features," "Political Parties," "Foreign Policy," and "Economy," plus new sections on culture-related subject matters resembling "Folklore and Mythology," "Etiquette," "Family Life," and "Personal Appearance." info carried over from the former variation has been up to date, even supposing an errors famous in our assessment of that variation about the independence date for Qatar continues to be here.

The selection to spend a number of hundred funds for a resource like this has to incorporate attention of some of the loose Web-based possible choices. Even a superficial Google seek by way of identify of kingdom will hyperlink scholars to sites corresponding to the CIA's global Factbook [https://cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/bx.html] and the kingdom Department's heritage Notes[http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/].

In addition, the net websites are up-to-date very often, a function evidently most unlikely with a print resource. The trade-off in want of holding at the shelf no less than one good-quality, print kingdom survey is reliability of entry. Assuming the e-book isn't misshelved, infested by way of insects, or vandalized, it's consistently able to go.

Any library wishing to supply on-demand entry to this kind of details, in particular for college students, is easily prompt to contemplate Encyclopedia of the World's international locations and Cultures.The fee for those 4 well certain, well-designed, common volumes isn't unreasonable. paintings A. Lichtenstein
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