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The state of the world atlas.
Smith, Dan.
Personal Author:
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
London : Penguin, 1999.
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1995.
People -- The global economy -- Work -- Politics -- Society -- Sustaining the earth.
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G1021 .K46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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"Unique and uniquely beautiful," previous editions of this atlas have told us "more about the world today than a dozen statistical abstracts or scholarly tomes" (Los Angeles Times). In addition to the many topics covered in the previous edition--population growth and migrations; pressures on the environment; military spending and the arms trade; racism and gender politics--this new edition includes presentations on stock markets, state crimes, superpowerdom, ethnicity and multiculturalism, the Internet, digital media, and more. For a concise yet comprehensive survey of the world today, The State of the World Atlas is unmatched.

Table of Contents

Volume: 6th ed. Introductionp. 9
Part 1 Peoplep. 12
Population: Population and population growthp. 14
Life Expectancy: Life expectancy; drinking water; basic health carep. 16
Nutrition: Nutrition and malnutritionp. 18
The Quality of Life: Relative social developmentp. 20
Inequality: Real purchasing power inequalitiesp. 22
Age: Ageing populations and econmically-active over-60sp. 24
Part 2 The Global Economyp. 26
World Markets: Inflation, stock markets, and global economic trendsp. 28
Trade and Industry: Manufacturing; imports and exportsp. 30
Tourism: Revenue, tourists, and destinationsp. 32
Investment: Foreign direct investment; transnational corporationsp. 34
Debt: Budget deficits, debt service and aidp. 36
National Income: Gross National Product and purchasing powerp. 38
Part 3 Workp. 40
Jobs: Numbers in industry, agriculture, and servicesp. 42
Women Working: Proportions; management; wages; maternity provisionp. 44
Unemployment: Numbers; trends; youthp. 46
Working Abroad: Numbers and flow of wagesp. 48
Part 4 Politicsp. 50
Political Systems: Democracies, dictatorships, and states in transitionp. 52
Military Spending: Changes in and shares of world military spendingp. 54
Armed Forces: Military personnel; women; opposition groupsp. 56
War: Wars, death, and landminesp. 58
Peacekeeping: UN and other peacekeeping operationsp. 60
Refugees: Flight, internal displacement, and host countriesp. 62
Human Rights: Abuse of human rights and capital punishmentp. 64
Part 5 Societyp. 66
Ethnicity: Proportion of ethnic, national, or racial minoritiesp. 68
Literacy: Adult illiteracy and numbers reaching Grade 5p. 70
Gender Equality: Gender-related development indexp. 72
Religion: State tolerance and intolerancep. 74
Sexual Freedom: Homosexuality; transsexualityp. 76
Reproductive Rights: Abortion; contraception; teenage pregnanciesp. 78
Health Risks: HIV/AIDS; diabetes, major causes of deathp. 80
Smoking: Tobacco consumption and productionp. 82
Communications: Telephones, cellphones, and the internetp. 84
Media: Television, film, newspapersp. 86
Part 6 Sustaining the Earthp. 88
Cities: Urban populations; megacities; water usep. 90
Traffic: Vehicles, fuel consumption, and congestionp. 92
Food: Grain production and consumptionp. 94
Energy: Energy use; importers and exportersp. 96
Global Warming: Carbon dioxide emissions and global temperaturesp. 98
Forests: Deforestation and reforestationp. 100
Biodiversity: Protected land areas and threatened speciesp. 102
World Tablep. 104
Commentary on the mapsp. 112
Select Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 142