Historical Dictionary of Mauritania [NOOK Book]

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Mauritania is bordered by Senegal in the south, Mali in the east, Algeria in the far northeast, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the north. Comprised mostly of vast stretches of desert, this young country has escaped the ravages of the violent interstate and civil conflicts that have so bedeviled Africa. Mauritanian society possesses ancient antecedents and a universal religious faith that has been practiced over several centuries. These characteristics have given the country a sometimes fragile ...
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Overview

Mauritania is bordered by Senegal in the south, Mali in the east, Algeria in the far northeast, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the north. Comprised mostly of vast stretches of desert, this young country has escaped the ravages of the violent interstate and civil conflicts that have so bedeviled Africa. Mauritanian society possesses ancient antecedents and a universal religious faith that has been practiced over several centuries. These characteristics have given the country a sometimes fragile but relatively resilient sense of national identity, which has survived into the 21st century in the face of powerful political, regional, ethnic/racial, and tribal rivalries since its independence in 1960. An economy largely centered on the export of raw materials, a weak agricultural sector, and a harsh climate in most areas further add to the challenges confronting all Mauritanians. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mauritania_through its chronology, introductory essay, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, institutions, and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects_provides an important reference on Mauritania.
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Booknews
One of the few recent resources on the mostly desertified West African country that became independent from France in 1960, has been ruled since then by Ould Daddah, and is now embarking on a process of democratization and return to civilian rule. Among the entries are political and historical personalities, wars and external conflicts, the French pacification in the early 20th century, the Islamic and tribal traditions, and economic infrastructure and government. Includes maps and a chronology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
Brief but useful reader's notes section.... comprehensive and well written.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810862654
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Africa , #110
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 648
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony G. Pazzanita co-authored the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Western Sahara and wrote the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mauritania.
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