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11th Edition

An Atlas of World Affairs

ISBN 9780415391696
Published August 20, 2007 by Routledge
264 Pages 96 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The economic, social and environmental systems of the world remain in turmoil. Recent years have seen possibly irrevocable change in the politics of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

This entirely revised and updated 11th edition describes the people, factions, and events that have shaped the modern world from the Second World War to the present day. International issues and conflicts are placed in their geographical contexts through the integration of over one hundred maps. The political context provided for current events will be invaluable to all those uncertain about the changing map of Europe and Africa, conflicts in the Middle East, and the appearances in the headlines and on our television screens by al-Qaeda, Chechnya, the Taliban, Mercosur, Somaliland, Kosovo, AIDS, OPEC, and Schengenland. Critical new issues are covered including the war on terrorism, nuclear proliferation, European Union expansion, and the pressing environmental concerns faced by many sovereign states. This edition provides guidance through all these recent changes (and many more).

This book offers up-to-date coverage of all regions in great detail. It contains an objective and concise explanation of current events, combining maps with their geopolitical background. It provides a clear context for events in the news, covering the Middle East, Korea, China, the European Union, east Africa, and every other part of the world. Revised and in print since 1957, An Atlas of World Affairs continues to provide a valuable guide for the student, teacher, journalist and all those interested in current affairs and post-war political history.

Table of Contents

1. People and Pressure  2. Economic Groupings  3. Energy  4. Nuclear Geography  5. Sea Law  6. No Longer Three Worlds  7. United Nations  8. Terrorism  9. Commonwealth  10. Europe: East and West  11. Atlantic Alliance  12. European Unities  13. Germany  14. Central and Eastern Europe  15. Former Yugoslavia, Albania  16. Former Soviet Union  17. Russia  18. Baltic to Black Sea  19. Caucasus  20. Ex-Soviet Central Asia  21. Scandinavia  22. Northern Seas  23. Minorities and Micro-States  24. Ireland  25. Gibraltar  26. Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey  27. Asia and Africa  28. Islam  29. The Arab World  30. Africa  31. Southern Africa  32. Central Africa  33. Angola and Namibia  34. Republic of South Africa  35. Sudan and the Horn of Africa  36. East Africa  37. Nigeria and Guinea Coast  38. Ex-French Africa  39. North Africa  40. Morocco and Western Sahara  41. Middle East and North African Oil  42. Suez and Indian Ocean  43. Israel and Arabs I  44. Israel and Arabs II  45. Lebanon and Syria  46. Arabia  47. Gulf States and Iran  48. Iraq’s Wars  49. Kurds  50. Afghanistan  51. South Asia I  52. South Asia II  53. Himalayas, Tibet, Burma  54. China and Russia  55. China and Other Neighbours  56. Taiwan  57. Hong Kong and Macau  58. Japan  59. Korea  60. South-East Asia  61. Indochina  62. Cambodia  63. Malaysia and Singapore  64. Indonesia and New Guinea  65. Australia and New Zealand  66. South Pacific  67. America and the Pacific  68. United States of America  69. Canada  70. Mexico  71. Central America, Caribbean, Cuba  72. Colombia and Panama  73. East Caribbean, Guianas, Venezuela  74. Latin America  75. Argentina and Falklands  76. Antarctic  77. Arctic

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Andrew Boyd began his acquaintance with international affairs in 1946, when as a British liaison officer he attended the very first sessions of the United Nations (his other books include three about the UN). He travelled widely and reported on international affairs while writing on world affairs for The Economist for thirty-seven years.

Joshua Comenetz has used cartographic methods to visualize spatial data and explain the causes and effects of international conflicts, demographic change and natural disasters since 1990. As a consultant he has solved problems in areas ranging from political redistricting to ethnic and religious mapping, and he has taught international relations and geography at university level.