By George Thomas Kurian
This encyclopedia, edited by way of Kurian, a prolific packager of ordinary reference works from CQ Press, evidence On dossier, and different reference publishers, is promoted by way of the writer as "an vast overhaul" of Encyclopedia of the World's countries, released in 2002.
Instead of the nearby association present in Worldmark Encyclopedia of the international locations (p.104), association is alphabetical by means of nation. There are 3 new entries (for East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, and Marshall Islands), bringing the complete variety of international locations to 193. every one access starts off with a "Basic truth Sheet" (head of nation, capital, sector, faith, nationwide vacations, etc) and a wide black-and-white political map. not like with a few of the competing international survey assets of this sort, the maps listed here are uncluttered and extremely effortless at the eyes. the most physique of every uniformly prepared access includes greater than 20 basically categorised subsections. those contain either the standard, resembling "Geographical Features," "Political Parties," "Foreign Policy," and "Economy," plus new sections on culture-related issues akin to "Folklore and Mythology," "Etiquette," "Family Life," and "Personal Appearance." info carried over from the former variation has been up to date, even though an mistakes famous in our evaluation of that variation in regards to the independence date for Qatar remains to be here.
The determination to spend a number of hundred money for a resource like this has to incorporate attention of a few of the loose Web-based possible choices. Even a superficial Google seek by means of identify of state will hyperlink scholars to websites equivalent to the CIA's international Factbook [https://cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/bx.html] and the country Department's historical past Notes[http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/].
In addition, the web websites are up to date very usually, a characteristic evidently very unlikely with a print resource. The trade-off in prefer of conserving at the shelf not 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 really is constantly able to go.
Any library wishing to supply on-demand entry to this sort of info, specially for college kids, is easily recommended to contemplate Encyclopedia of the World's countries and Cultures.The fee for those 4 properly certain, well-designed, elementary volumes isn't unreasonable. paintings A. Lichtenstein
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