"Financial Times" World Desk Reference

"Financial Times" World Desk Reference

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This desk reference lists 20,000 of the world's most important places, 75,000 facts and statistics and a glossary of geographical terms. Each of the world's 193 nations is surveyed and mapped and there are profiles of overseas dependencies and territories.show more

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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 197 x 256 x 35mm | 1,901g
  • Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • DK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 5000 illustrations, glossary
  • 0751348899
  • 9780751348897

Table of contents

World factfile: the physical world; the political world; the solar system; climate; environment; North America; South America; Europe; Africa; West Asia; North Asia; South Asia; Australasia and Oceania; timeline of global history; the formation of the modern world; the world in 1492; the age of discovery 1492-1648; the age of expansion 1658-1789; the age of revolution 1789-1830; the age of empire 1830-1914; the age of global war 1914-1945; the modern age from 1945; population; the world economy; global tourism; global security; time zones; world chronology of 2001-2002; international organizations. The nations of the world. Overseas territories & dependencies.show more

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At over 700 pages and yet in a compact and accessible form, this is a fascinating mine of information which will make an invaluable addition to anyone's reference shelf. Section 1, a 'World Factfile', covers general topics such as politics and economy, population and the environment, and even the solar system, whilst the long second section comprises an entry of at least a page for each of the world's 193 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Illustrated with sumptuous photographs, maps and diagrams, each entry includes a chronology and sections on areas such as climate, politics, economics and world affairs and defence. Social issues such as crime, education, health and media are also given good coverage. With a clever use of symbols and icons, the editors have succeeded in condensing a wealth of facts and figures into an attractive and readable format. In addition, many of the entries have a more lengthy and subjective article on a topic of particular relevance in the country concerned - for example, the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, environmental exploitation in Brazil, or economic upheaval in the Russian Federation. There are also profiles and photographs of some of the main political players - both past and present. The third and final section comprises glossaries of geographical terms and abbreviations, followed by a comprehensive index/gazetteer and links to Dorling Kindersley's 'Maps and Atlases' website. This will prove to be an outstanding resource, whether for school projects, business or simply general knowledge, and in an age when for many the first port of call for this kind of information is the Internet, it is refreshingly pleasing to be able to browse through a single volume at leisure. (Kirkus UK)show more

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