Encyclopedia of the world's nations and cultures /
George Thomas Kurian, editor.
New York : Facts On File, Inc., c2007.
4 v. (xii, 2718 p.) : maps ; 29 cm.
0816063079, 9780816063079
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New York : Facts On File, Inc., c2007.
contents note
v. 1. Afghanistan to Dominican Republic -- v. 2. East Timor to Luxembourg -- v. 3. Macedonia to Singapore -- v. 4. Slovakia to Zimbabwe.
general note
Rev. ed. of: Encyclopedia of the world's nations / George Thomas Kurian. c2002.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Praise for the previous edition:An accessible and up-to-date revision of three resources combined into one.—School Library JournalEncyclopedia of the World’s Nations and Cultures provides concise and objective descriptions of the dominant political, economic, social, and cultural systems of the countries of the world. The encyclopedia features 193 country-by-country surveys in 40 separate categories, as well as maps, tables, charts, and lists that are linked with narrative accounts of each nation's peoples, history, government, society, and culture. New coverage includes:
East Timor
Marshall Islands
The Federated States of Micronesia.
New sections in each entry include:
Entertainment and recreation
Family life
Flora and fauna
Folklore and mythology
A list of modern rulers
Living conditions
Personal appearance
Science and technology
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
An "extensive overhaul" of G. T. Kurian's The Encyclopedia of the World's Nations (CH, Feb'03, 40-3169), this set has been updated and expanded to include three more nations (Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and East Timor), bringing the total to 193. Additionally, several new sections cover the culture of each country, including material on living conditions, folklore and mythology, etiquette, and family life. Some sections that previously contained only statistical tables now contain descriptive text as well; information is drawn from entities such as the UN, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Entries, which range from 9 to 26 pages, also feature a map showing major cities, major bodies of water, and surrounding countries. No other illustrations are included. Each entry concludes with a bibliography and list of Internet resources. Because of the reasonable price, this title is a useful purchase for libraries that cannot afford to purchase separate nation and culture encyclopedias. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. S. Jent University of Louisville
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-01-01:
A revised and updated version of the 2002 edition, also edited by Kurian (The Illustrated Book of World Rankings), this four-volume encyclopedia surveys 193 countries, three more than its predecessor. The entries, each ranging in length from a few sentences to a few paragraphs, are arranged alphabetically by country and have expanded to provide information in 40 categories, including climate and weather, flora and fauna, etiquette, family life, economy, and status of women. Each entry, presented in an easy-to-read typeface, features black-and-white maps; useful contact, address, and web site information; a brief chronology; and a selective bibliography. There is no shortage of such encyclopedias-The Europa World Year Book (Routledge, 2006) and the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (Thomson Gale, 2006. 12th ed.) are two recent ones that come to mind. Bottom Line While this work does contain some unique ready reference information, e.g., anthem titles, sports, and descriptions of national dress, the cost seems pretty steep, especially when considering that most of it is available free online, e.g., the Background Notes section of the U.S. State Department web site ( and the University of Michigan Documents Center metasite ( Libraries already owning the earlier edition or other country encyclopedias should consider this an optional purchase.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, January 2007
Reference & Research Book News, February 2007
Booklist, March 2007
Choice, April 2007
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