Encyclopedia of the First World

Encyclopedia of the First World

by George Thomas Kurian

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The editor of this reference defines First World countries as ``advanced, developed, industrial, or post industrial,'' and non-Communist. These include Western Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. The next reference in the series will be the Encyclopedia of the Second World , covering Communist countries. Both use the same format as the author's well-known Encyclopedia of the Third World (LJ 4/1/82; the 4th edition is scheduled for December 1990). The text of First World is identical word for word, including statistics for 1986 or 1987, to the publisher's new National Profiles series ( Benelux reviewed in LJ 8/89), whose volumes are $35 each. As mentioned in that review, the narrative and statistical information is more comprehensive and detailed than competitors Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook 1990 (Gale, 1990), Europa Yearbook 1990 (Europa, 1990), Western Europe 1989 ( LJ 4/15/89), or Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (Worldmark, 1988. 7th ed.), but Europa has better directory information. Also, there is no indication that this will be updated annually, as are Europa and Countries. This reference is definitely more economical than purchasing all of the National Profiles individually. Together with the companion sets to the Second and Third Worlds, this reference series is not more economical than Europa , but its more comprehensive subject coverage makes it a strong competitor and a good alternative choice for medium to large libraries.-- Louise Stwalley, Univ. of Colorado, Denver
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-- In this companion reference to the Encyclopedia of the Third World , 26 countries and 6 European ministates are uniformily profiled in over 30 social, political, and economic categories. According to Kurian, the term ``first world'' refers to economically advanced and industrialized countries. The Encyclopedia of the Second World , a survey of Communist countries, is forthcoming.
A companion to Kurian's highly successful Encyclopedia of the Third World (now in its 3rd edition), this reference surveys, in substantial detail, the full range of social, political, and economic information on the countries, both large and small, that make up the industrial and post-industrial world. Each national chapter offers data on some 30 categories of interest, accompanied by chronology, tables, charts, and bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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