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Library Journal
The purpose of this book, as stated in the introduction, is ``to explore and illustrate the rich variety of Third World cultures.'' If this purpose is kept in mind, and the book's title is not taken literally, this can be considered a useful addition to a subject collection. What this book clearly is not is a glossary to be depended upon in any study or readings in Third World ``politics, culture, arts, society, religions, languages, ethnic groups, foods, dress, festivals, legal systems, military, agriculture, transportation, commerce, and customs,'' the subjects covered according to the introduction. The definition of Third World includes all of Latin America, all of Asia except Japan, China, and Mongolia, and Israel. Such a vast diversity of language and culture is difficult even to sample in this book of 10,000 entries. The lack of a list of sources on which this selection is based, and the lack of bibliography citing further sources, is a serious gap. Mention of referral sources such as C.F. and F.M. Voegelin's Classification and Index of the World's Languages (Elsevier, 1976) would have been useful . While the omission of cross-references is understandable, it further diminishes the value of this volume. Too large a subject and too small a book to be considered a serious reference work.-- Maidel Cason, Univ. of Delaware, Newark
Booknews
A companion to the Encyclopedia of the Third World (due March 89). The Glossary covers some 10,000 terms, noting the source country, and defining them briefly. Some cross-referencing. Entries are derived from some 70 languages and 120 countries. A unique reference that would be better with orthography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816018420
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1989
  • Pages: 320

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