An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist

An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist

A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781452158686
Branch Call Number: 911 Middleto 03/2017
Characteristics: 232 pages :,color illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Greeno, Sarah - Cartographer


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Sep 12, 2017

The first thing you'll notice if you happen to have the hardcover edition of An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist is its gorgeous design. I don't just mean the cover art, which is elegant by itself, but the quality of the paper, the color schemes, and how the chapter pages have cutouts of the countries as a kind of reveal showing where they're located on the world map. My explanation doesn't do it justice. You'll have to see it for yourself.

Some of these countries I had heard of. A few of them are relatively close to me and I never quite thought of them as separate entities. Most of these countries I didn't even know existed. So no matter how you approach it, this book is an education.


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