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The world guide 1999/2000 : a view from the South.
Instituto del Tercer Mundo.
Publication Information:
[Montevideo, Uruquay] : Instituto del Tercer Mundo ; Oxford : distributed by New Internationalist Publications, Ltd., [1999]

Physical Description:
627 pages, 1 folded leaf : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
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Previous editions published under the title: Third world guide.
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Third world guide.

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HC59.69 .G8432 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This is a reference book on 235 countries and territories of the world, covering the history, politics and economics of development. It focuses on the major development issues facing the world at the end of the 20th century: biodiversity; deforestation; climatic changes; water; indigenous peoples; social models; women; ecology; education; health; childhood; labour; child labour; science and technology; industrialisation; the car; communications; nuclear energy; development; globalisation; transnationals; speculative economy; debt; aid; the UN; refugees and arms.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

An "alternative reference to the countries of our planet," this source has evolved from Third World Guide (Montevideo, Instituto del Tercer Mundo, 1984- ; 89-90 ed., CH, Apr'90; biennial). The guide's organization roughly follows that of Statesman's Yearbook, except that its introductory texts deal in general terms with world trends and problems rather than international organizations. The main body of the text consists of essays describing some 200 countries, each with a map and statistics. The book's lively commentaries reflect the Institute's commitment to the Third World point of view, although it is not as radical as it professes to be. Statistics are somewhat spotty, partly reflecting incomplete national data supplied to the UN, which the guide cites as a principal statistical source. Now produced by New Internationalist (Oxford), the guide is carefully edited, with an informative table of contents, a good index, and a big statistical table, "The Whole World in Figures," at the end. Although Europa World YearBook is substantially more informative, this is a useful handbook, particularly since it views countries from the perspective of the South. D. W. Heron; University of California