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Encyclopedia of the stateless nations : ethnic and national groups around the world
Minahan, James.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
4 volumes (xxii, 2241 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
General Note:
"An expanded sequel to Minahan's ... Nations without states ... (1996) ..."--Vol. 1, p. 4 of cover.
v. 1. A-C -- v. 2. D-K -- v. 3. L-R -- v. 4. S-Z.
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.




Format :


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Material Type
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D860 .M56 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
D860 .M56 2002 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
D860 .M56 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
D860 .M56 2002 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Nationalism is a mighty force in the 21st century. It has not been so politically significant since prior to World War I. While current trends tilt toward regional economic groupings, national identity--and demands for greater political and economic autonomy--has created a national, regional, and international groundswell since the end of the Cold War. An expanded sequel to Minahan's award-winning guide to some 200 groups, Nations Without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements (1996), this book provides an easy-to-use, accurate, and up-to-date guide to over 300 developed or emerging national groups worldwide. Providing fuller historical profiles of each group, this is the definitive reference on the nationalism and national groups that helped shape 20th century politics--and will likely shape the politics of tomorrow.

Included are numerous new national groups that have emerged since the publication of Minahan's 1996 book. Many of these remain unknown outside of their own regions. Others make headlines. The evolution of each group is traced from its earliest history to the present day, making the book an indispensable reference for those wishing to understand the world's growing multitude of national groups.

Author Notes

JAMES MINAHAN is a freelance writer and independent researcher living in Barcelona, Spain. His most recent books include Miniature Empires: A Historical Dictionary of the Newly Independent States (Greenwood, 1998) and One Europe, Many Nations: A Historical Dictionary of European National Groups (Greenwood, 2000).

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

This set is an expansion of the author's earlier work Nations without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements (Greenwood, 1996). It provides an up-to-date guide to more than 300 national groups, meaning groups that identify themselves as separate nations. Among the factors that were used to determine inclusion are "display of the outward trappings of national consciousness," particularly a flag, and "formation of a specifically nationalistic organization or political grouping" tied to a claim to self-determination. Basques, Chechens, Cherokee, Kurds, Palestinians, and Sikhs are some of the groups that are covered. Each entry in the A^-Z survey begins with the name and alternative names of the group. This is followed by information on population (with the author's estimate of population statistics for 2002), homeland, flag, culture (including ethnic makeup), language and religion, and history. Text is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations of the group's flag or flags and small maps that place the homeland in a specific geographical setting. Entries average five to ten pages in length and conclude with short selected bibliographies. Volume 4 includes two appendixes: one listing dates of independence declarations; the other, a continent-by-continent listing of stateless nations and their organizations. These appendixes are followed by an extensive index. Some of the same groups have entries in Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (Gale, 1998). As its name implies, Worldmark's emphasis is more cultural, and among its 500 or so entries are many groups that do not necessarily have a national identity. Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations is an excellent introduction to the resurgence of nationalism since the end of the cold war and is recommended for all academic libraries and those public and school libraries whose budgets will absorb the cost.

Library Journal Review

Expanding his 1996 Nations Without States by at least 50 percent, free-lance researcher Minahan now presents information on over 300 ethnic groups. His criteria for inclusion are that individuals within the group identify themselves as a separate nation, have adopted at least some trappings of a state (especially a flag), and have formed a nationalist or political organization. A few groups will be familiar from news sources (e.g., Chechens, Kurds, Basques); most will be unfamiliar but could appear in the news at any time. Readers might be surprised by some of the entries (Southerners and New Englanders in the United States, for example). In general, the entries provide enough background to supplement media reports. Each entry covers the group's national history, language, religion, and homeland occupied and provides both a population estimate and a few sources for further reading. Appendixes list geographical distribution, national organizations, and dates when independence was declared. While the sources credited include international organizations, scholarly societies, and a few U.S. government agencies, it is unclear how much input the leadership of various groups may have had in shaping the entries. Of interest to libraries with a news-conscious clientele.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This updated resource contains approximately 100 more entries than its predecessor, Nations without States (Praeger, 1996). The introduction is particularly useful, serving as a basic overview of the complex issues involved in the emergence of stateless nations. Alphabetical entries ranging from four to eight pages follow the evolution of 350 identifiable national groups from their earliest history to the present time. Inclusion was based on three factors: "self-identity as a distinctive group, the display of outward trappings of national consciousness (particularly the adoption of a flag-), and the formation of a specifically nationalist organization or political grouping that reflects its claim to self-determination." While the majority of these ethnic and national groups are unknown outside their immediate area, many have the potential to impact on current and future international affairs. The surveys include the name(s) of the group; population statistics; homeland facts; discussions on the people, culture, language, and religion; and more. In each case, Minahan delineates the forces that have forged the characteristics of the group. Each entry also includes a small black-and-white picture of the group's flag; a simple and sometimes difficult to decipher map; and a short, selective bibliography. Two appendixes and an extensive index complete the set. An easy-to-use specialized resource for history, government, or political-science research.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Greensboro Montessori School, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Freelance writer Minahan brings out a worthy successor to his Nations without States (CH, Jun'96). The new set includes 150 groups not previously covered. The obvious challenge is to define which groups to include. Minahan says only that the resident people must identify themselves as a separate nation. Although estimates of national groups run as high as 9,000, Minahan includes the more prominent, Abaza to Zulus, while excluding many Native American tribes, the Nation of Islam, and the Aryan Nation(s), but covers Mormons. Each entry includes alternative names, population statistics, geographical location, language, religion, a flag and map, a three- to five-page account of the history and current status of the national homeland and its people, and a selected bibliography. Appendixes are devoted to independence declarations, geographic distribution, and national organizations. The maps detract from an otherwise solid reference work: they are only 2.25 inches square and appear to have been produced on a dot matrix printer. This very useful compilation is recommended for undergraduate and public libraries. D. Liestman Florida Gulf Coast University

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