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Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated – and timely – history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.

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Genre: Humor
Author: Gideon Defoe
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release: 2020-09-03
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780008393885

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Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. "Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close." Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence. This is an atlas of 48 nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book refuses to do so, because these dead nations are so full of schemers, racists, and con men that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. Because of this - and because treating nation-states with too much reverence is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not concerned with adding to the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags might be.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Gideon Defoe
Publisher: Europa Editions
Release: 2021-07-20
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 1609456807

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Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. 'Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close' Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence. This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this - and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.

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Author: Gideon Defoe
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Release: 2020-09-02
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 0008393877

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What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of 50 states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa's last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and "forgotten" peoples. Beautifully illustrated with 50 regional maps, each country is literally die-cut out of the page, offering a distinctive tactile experience while exploring these remarkable places.

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Genre: Technology & Engineering
Author: Nick Middleton
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release: 2017-03-21
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781452158839

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`Using up-to-date data, modern cartographic methods, and an approach that addresses students' everyday lives, Danny Dorling has produced an engaging introduction to the contemporary geography of the UK. It will be the focus of many lively discussions of patterns and trends’ - Ron Johnston, School of Geography, University of Bristol Using statistics from many sources in an engaging and accessible way, Human Geography of the UK is written from the perspective of a beginning undergraduate, it's objective is to define the key elements of population geography and show how they fit together. Highly visual – with maps and figures on every page – the text uses different data to describe the social landscape of the United Kingdom. Organized in ten short thematic chapters, explaining the nuts and bolts of population, including: birth, inequality; education; mobility; work; and mortality. The book concludes with a comparative analysis of UK in global context. Human Geography of the UK features practical exercises, and clear summaries in tables and specially drawn maps.

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Genre: Science
Author: Danny Dorling
Publisher: SAGE
Release: 2005-02-17
File: 216 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781848608658

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Author: Johansen, Kari Synnove
Publisher: UNESCO Publishing
Release: 2018-11-05
File: 77 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789231002861

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Genre: Extinct languages
Author: Unesco
Publisher: UNESCO
Release: 1996
File: 25 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015041543938

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A candid insight to the feelings a young man has when called upon to be a soldier and facing the horrors of war.

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Genre: Falkland Islands War, 1982
Author: Edward Denmark
Publisher: Pharoah Press
Release: 1998
File: 350 Pages
ISBN-13: 190144208X

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A refreshingly original history of the lost countries of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examined and illustrated with the countries' postage stamps

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Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Author: Bjorn Berge
Publisher:
Release: 2017-09
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 0500519900

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The world is not always what we think it is. This book presents unusual borders, enclaves and exclaves, divided or non-existent cities and islands. Numerous conflicts have left countries divided and often shattered. Remnants of countries can by design or accident be left behind as a legal anomaly in this complex world. Most people believe that a country's borders are clearly defined: just lines that separate countries. Everything on one side of the line belongs to one country and everything on the other side belongs to another country. This might be the case most of the time, but there are unusual exceptions to this unwritten rule. Examples include: * Campione d'Italia where Italian residents have to travel 15km through Switzerland to reach the nearest available Italian territory. * Tomb of Suleyman Shah which is a tiny Turkish enclave within Syria which was moved closer to Turkey when Lake Assad was created but still stayed in Syria. * Pheasant Island which for half a year belongs to the Spanish city of Irun, and the remaining half, to its French twin-town, Hendaye. * Canadian Stanstead and American Beebe Plain where the boundary line runs along the center of the main street, so that the houses on one side of the street are in Canada and on the other in the United States. These and many more instances are captured in this fascinating book full of strange geographical intrigue.

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Genre: Reference
Author: Zoran Nikolic
Publisher: Collins
Release: 2019-10-03
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 0008351775

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