Place-Name Changes, 1900-1991

Place-Name Changes, 1900-1991

by Adrian Room
     
 

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New in paperback! This new and revised edition of Place-Name Changes Since 1900, originally published in 1979, contains over 4,500 name changes worldwide, ranging from small villages to entire countries. Much has changed in the world in the 13 years that have passed since the original work appeared, and the new edition takes full account of recent developments in

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New in paperback! This new and revised edition of Place-Name Changes Since 1900, originally published in 1979, contains over 4,500 name changes worldwide, ranging from small villages to entire countries. Much has changed in the world in the 13 years that have passed since the original work appeared, and the new edition takes full account of recent developments in Germany, the former Soviet Union, and other East European countries such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. An appendix gives the official names of countries of the world as of January 1, 1992. The bibliography has been updated and enlarged. Now more than ever, the work will prove an essential reference tool for all those who wish to keep abreast with the latest developments on the world stage. Cloth edition previously published in 1993. Paperback edition available August 2002.

Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
This update of the original (1979) gazetteer provides information for approximately 4,500 places that have had name changes since 1900. Beginning with essays on why place-name changes occur and how the author has identified the changes included here, the bulk of the book is an alphabetical listing of places, followed by an appendix of official country names (in the country's language), and an extensive bibliography of other books that provide place-names. Included are "officially decided or decreed" renamings, with most of the new entries for the former Soviet Union, China, and Africa. For example, more than a dozen places that changed their names from some form of "Stalin-" can be found Main entries are current names in English (former names and former variant spellings of names are cross-referenced to the present names), followed, if necessary, by foreign-language versions. Each main entry contains an identification of the type of place (e.g., city, village, mountain, island, capital); a broad locator (e.g., northern Brazil, suburb of Chicago, IL, USA); the former name or names; and the year in which the former name ceased to be used. Chinese names are transliterated via the Wade-Giles system; this means the main entry for "Beijing" is "Peking" Although much of the information here remains unchanged since the earlier edition, the updated information for all parts of the world makes this book useful even for those libraries that have the earlier edition. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.
Booknews
We know about explosive name changes of late in the former Germanies, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and such; but for decades former colonies have been reconstituting native names, villages and towns have been memorializing recent heroes or celebrities, and real estate developers have changed their marketing strategies. Room cites some 4,500 names of villages, towns, regions, and countries, providing the current name, description and location (e.g. a township in Virginia), the former name, and when the change was made. Most of the changes are officially sanctioned, but some are just so popular that they have become current. Includes an appendix of the official names of countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810826007
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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... Reference libraries will find this a most useful acquisition as it will serve as an authoritatively written gazetteer.....
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... unique in its presentation........

Meet the Author

Adrian Room (MA, Oxford) is the author of about 35 popular reference books, mainly on the origins of words and names. He has taught English and modern foreign languages at a number of schools and colleges, and in 1984 left his post as Senior Lecturer in Russian with the Ministry of Defence to pursue writing full-time. He has long specialized in the field of place names, and his first book on the subject (and his first book overall) was Place Names of the World (David & Charles, 1974). His recent publications include Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles (Bloomsbury, 1989) and Street Names of England (Paul Watkins, 1992). He is currently working on two new dictionaries of first names, and his largest work ever on the subject of names will be published as Brewer's Dictionary of Names (Cassell, 1992). He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the English Place-Name Society and the American Name Society.

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