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Dramatic progress is a trademark of the recent study of globular cluster systems. Considerations about the formation and evolution compose the first chapter, followed by a chapter on young star clusters. Then come four chapters reviewing the globular cluster system of early-type, late-type and dwarf galaxies, as well as of groups of galaxies. One chapter is dedicated to stellar population models and their applications to the field. Finally a chapter reviews the kinematics of galaxies derived from globular cluster systems and another their role in the context of galaxy formation and evolution studies. As a whole, the book gives an up-to-date view of the field at the beginning of the new decade, which will without doubt again bring significant progress in our understanding of globular cluster systems and galaxy formation and evolution.
Formation, Evolution and Destruction of Star Clusters.- Young Star Clusters.- Globular Cluster Systems of Early-Type Galaxies.- Globular Cluster Systems of Late-Type Galaxies.- Globular Clusters in Galaxy Groups.- Globular Clusters in Dwarf Galaxies.- Stellar Population Models Compared to Globular Clusters.- Kinematics of Globular Cluster Systems.- Globular Cluster Systems in the Context of Galaxy Formation.