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Encyclopedia of the Third World

Encyclopedia of the Third World

by George Thomas Kurian

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**** The second edition (1981) is cited in Sheehy. A compact, balanced, and objective description of the dominant political, economic, and social systems of 126 countries of the world, identifying all major components and sectors of national life, and presenting them within a clearly defined hierarchical structure and in a consistent sequence. The fourth edition (third in 1987) incorporates changes from the period June 1, 1986 to September 1, 1991. Namibia has been added and Yemen revised to reflect unification. The major revision in format is the setting off in tabular form of statistics previously incorporated in the text. The information in each country section continues to comprise: map and flag, basic fact sheet, location and area, weather, population, ethnic composition, languages, religions, historical background, constitution and government, freedom and human rights, civil service, local government, foreign policy, parliament, political parties, economy, public finance, currency and banking, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, energy, labor, foreign commerce, transportation and communications, defense, education, legal system, law enforcement, health, food and nutrition, media and culture, social welfare, glossary, chronology, and bibliography. In sum, perhaps the largest, and certainly the clearest, data base on the Third World currently in print. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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