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
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.