Peoples, Nations and Cultures: An A-Z of the Peoples of the World, Past and Present

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A unique and comprehensive look at some 1,500 of the world's peoples—from the earliest times to the present—offers a fascinating exploration of our planet's cultural and ethnic diversity. Africa, the Americas, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania all receive individual sections, with maps and entries arranged in A-to-Z form. In addition to covering today's nation-states, there's information on the minorities who live in these countries (such as the Basques in Spain); the various diasporas...

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Overview

A unique and comprehensive look at some 1,500 of the world's peoples—from the earliest times to the present—offers a fascinating exploration of our planet's cultural and ethnic diversity. Africa, the Americas, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania all receive individual sections, with maps and entries arranged in A-to-Z form. In addition to covering today's nation-states, there's information on the minorities who live in these countries (such as the Basques in Spain); the various diasporas created by dispersed peoples (Kurds, Jews); significant cultural, but non-ethnic groups, including Maronite Christians; and even extinct populations like the Goths.

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This ethnographic encyclopedia may be the only single-volume work that covers the entire world, from prehistoric times to the present. Mackenzie, an influential scholar of British imperial history, has arranged the 1500 entries in alphabetical order according to several regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, and Oceania. Varying in length from a few sentences for peoples about whom little is known to two or three pages for peoples of large, multiethnic nation-states, entries touch on population size (sometimes as small as a few hundred members); languages; social, political, and religious practices; and economy and history, if information is available. Through its cross references, the work aims to depict how some cultures disappeared (e.g., the Goths) and others were absorbed or became the basis for current ethnic, cultural, or national groups. There are no photos, but 125 black-and-white maps provide some visual context. Bottom Line Given the lack of standardization in naming and categorizing social groups, libraries need a wide variety of ethnographic reference sources to identify peoples. Although this work cannot match the scope of multivolume titles like the Encyclopedia of World Cultures (Hall) or the depth of works devoted to a particular region, it serves as a solid supplement to such works. It also updates similar single-volume sources like Encyclopedia of the Peoples of the World (Holt). There are only a few minor caveats: the typeface is quite small, alternative names and spellings of peoples and places are not always offered, and there is no explanation of the rationale for inclusion. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Nadine Cohen-Baker, Univ. of Georgia, Athens Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304365500
  • Publisher: Cassell P L C
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

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