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Miniature empires : a historical dictionary of the newly independent states
Minahan, James.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
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xvi, 340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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The 20th century's most protracted conflict, the Cold War, also provided the longest and most stable peace in the history of the modern world--a fragile peace that came at the price of national freedom for many. With the demise of the Cold War, new nearly unknown countries, long ignored or suppressed, came to the world's attention, as ethnic and national conflicts, rooted in the newly independent states' own multiethnic populations, emerged. From Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia to Eritrea and Uzbekistan, this book provides an essential guide to the states recognized since 1989 and the nations that dwell in their borders.

It is the first reference work to address the post-Cold War nationalist resurgence by focusing on the nations within the new nation-states--both the core nationalities and the national minorities. Each article highlights the historical, political, social, and economic evolution of the new nations. The book provides detailed up-to-date information on nations that are emerging to claim a role in the post-Cold War world.

Author Notes

JAMES MINAHAN is an independent researcher living in Barcelona, Spain. He is the author of Nations Without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements (Greenwood, 1996), which was named an ALA/RASD 1996 Outstanding Reference Source.

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For the 25 newly independent states formed since 1990, this historical dictionary provides an excellent source of information not easily found elsewhere. The collapse of the USSR at the end of the Cold War made it possible for these nations to become independent states. Most of them, including the Central European countries, are carved out of the former USSR. Three countries (Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Namibia) are located in Africa. Entries vary in coverage, with Russia having the longest (33 pages) and Eritrea the shortest (eight). Although some of this information can be found in other standard reference books (e.g., Europa World Year Book and Political Handbook of the World), Miniature Empires provides more information about the early history of each country. Each entry includes population statistics, geography, administrative divisions, independence declaration, people, history, and a brief bibliography. The statistics and description of multiethnic populations are very helpful. The maps of each country and its surrounding area are poor in quality. The author's first book, Nations without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements (CH, Jun'96), was selected as a 1996 RASD Outstanding Reference Source. Highly recommended for all college and university libraries. K. Y. Stabler; New Mexico State University

Table of Contents

Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Czech
Republic Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Moldova Namibia Russia Slovakia Slovenia Tajikistan Turkmenistan Ukraine Uzbekistan Yugoslavia
Appendix A
Appendix B Index