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An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized… (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2015 painos)

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Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a magical tour of countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a world of shifting borders, visionary leaders and forgotten peoples.Most of us think we know what a country is, but in truth the concept is rather slippery. From Catalonia to the Crimea, and from Africa's last colony to the European republic that enjoyed just a solitary day of independence, the places in this book may lie on the margins of legitimacy, but all can be visited in the real world.Beautifully illustrated by fifty regional maps, each shadowy country is literally cut out of the page of this book. Alongside stories, facts and figures, this Atlas brings to life a dreamlike world of nations that exist only in the minds of the people who live there.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States
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An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States (tekijä: Nick Middleton (Author)) (2015)

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An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist (Nick Middleton) is a curious book, basically a somewhat erratic collection of geopolitical oddities - past and present - with some tidbits of information about each. Being something of a geography enthusiast I grabbed the book from the local library, finding it amusing but not particularly enlightening. There's tons of interesting trivia, like what the King of Tonga did on a particular day, or the teenage rebel queen of Nagaland, but it basically just made me draw up a list of things to Google/Wikipedia at a later time.

50 territories are profiled in the book, some more deserving of page space than others. There's extensive coverage of many indigenous nations in Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia that have affected some measure of self-governance through treaty negotiations (or sheer neglect), which many readers will likely find the most enlightening parts of the book. But there're also quite a few pages on places like the Cocos Islands or the Isle of Jersey or Tuva, which - while somewhat unusual - are not really disputed or imaginative in any meaningful way. Separatist movements are also somewhat selectively covered: Catalonia gets a section, but not Scotland. The Ryukyu islands are given a page because they have an independence movement, but why that's more worthy than Quebec is beyond me.

Libertarian micronations and angry families that unilaterally secede get a bit too much prominence in my opinion - they're really just not that interesting, certainly not after the first Sealandia - while more reasonable extra-territorial polities like the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are sadly passed over. The detail we receive about these 'countries that don't exist' is also pretty spotty - there's a lot of talk about the feast of whales that accompanied the degeneration of Danish power to Greenland, but nothing about the dispute over organic versus inorganic resource rights between Copenhagen and Nuuk. The flags are way too small, and the use of italics and present tense gets kind of annoying after a while.

But if you're looking to learn about some interesting corners of the world, you could do worse.
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  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
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I love the design of this book and the bits and pieces of information for a variety of places, from those I've heard of, like Catalonia or Rapa Nui, to the unfamiliar, such as Barotseland. I like maps and place names and good design. I saw this book in a store before I saw it offered on Early Reviwers, so I was really excited to snag a copy. I will admit that I wasn't sure if the states would be real or imaginary, and also that I didn't care. ( )
  hairball | Nov 23, 2017 |
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The first thing you'll notice if you happen to have the hardcover edition of An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist is its gorgeous design. I don't just mean the cover art, which is elegant by itself, but the quality of the paper, the color schemes, and how the chapter pages have cutouts of the countries as a kind of reveal showing where they're located on the world map. My explanation doesn't do it justice. You'll have to see it for yourself.

Some of these countries I had heard of. A few of them are relatively close to me and I never quite thought of them as separate entities. Most of these countries I didn't even know existed. So no matter how you approach it, this book is an education. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Aug 9, 2017 |
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I took this book to a picnic and several people found it very interesting, as did I. It's not necessarily a book that you read in one sitting. I found myself going back to the book over a period of time. The book has an interesting way of placing the "country".On a solid red page the outline of the country is cut out. On the following page there is a map of the regional area with the country outlined in red. This places the disputed area for the reader. I will keep this on my coffee table for a while. ( )
  velopunk | Aug 3, 2017 |
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5486. An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States, by Nick Middleton (read 16 Jul 2017) This kind of spoofy book will appeal to people interested in geography. I recall when I was in 3rd grade in a room with 4th graders I envied them because one of the subjects they had was geography, which we third graders did not have. This book lists 50 "countries" some of which we all recognize, such as Greenland, Antarctica, Isle of Man, Somaliland, Taiwan,and even maybe Ruthenia. But Pontinha? Even the whiz kids who participate in geography contests would no doubt miss on that one. For good reason: its population is 4. (It is an island near Madeira--we know where that is, right?) And it is not the least populated "country" listed in this book. Akhzivland's population is given as 2. And there is one "country", Minerva, listed with its population given as 0. So no matter how skilled you are in geography, you are bound to learn from this uniquely designed book. (I think I am supposed to tell you that it was given me free in return for a published review, so I do hereby so tell you.) ( )
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Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a magical tour of countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a world of shifting borders, visionary leaders and forgotten peoples.Most of us think we know what a country is, but in truth the concept is rather slippery. From Catalonia to the Crimea, and from Africa's last colony to the European republic that enjoyed just a solitary day of independence, the places in this book may lie on the margins of legitimacy, but all can be visited in the real world.Beautifully illustrated by fifty regional maps, each shadowy country is literally cut out of the page of this book. Alongside stories, facts and figures, this Atlas brings to life a dreamlike world of nations that exist only in the minds of the people who live there.

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