An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, fully illustrated atlas of 48 countries that, for ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. "Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close." Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Their causes of death range from the implausible ("jerky prices") to the unfortunate ("too evil") to the downright bizarre ("boredom"). The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book refuses to do so, because these dead nations were so absurd that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. The 48 deceased nations in this book include: The Republic of Sonora, 1853-4 (cause of death: no one took it seriously) The Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace, 1851-64 (cause of death: an unreliable prophet) The Empire of Khwarezmia, a proud civilization of five million, 1212-20 (cause of death: a total lack of manners) The Ottawa City Hospital Maternity Ward, 19 January 1943 (cause of death: a birth)

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Author : Gideon Defoe
Publisher : Europa Compass
Release : 2022-03-15
Total Pages : 304 Pages
ISBN : 1609457668


An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. "Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close." Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence. This is an atlas of 48 nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book refuses to do so, because these dead nations are so full of schemers, racists, and con men that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. Because of this - and because treating nation-states with too much reverence is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not concerned with adding to the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags might be.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Gideon Defoe
Publisher : Europa Editions
Release : 2021-07-20
Total Pages : 112 Pages
ISBN : 1609456807


An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

An Atlas Of Extinct Countries

Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. 'Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close' Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence. This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this - and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.

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Author : Gideon Defoe
Publisher : Fourth Estate
Release : 2020-09-02
Total Pages : 144 Pages
ISBN : 0008393877


An Atlas Of Countries That Don T Exist

An Atlas Of Countries That Don T Exist

A “fascinating” journey to little-known and contested lands around the globe, from Tibet to the Isle of Man to Elgaland-Vargaland (Geographical Magazine). What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of fifty states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa’s last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and “forgotten” peoples. “Engrossing . . . You’ll not find Middle-earth, Atlantis or Lilliput inside, but you will find something just as intriguing . . . sure to prompt discussions about what makes a country a ‘real country.’” —Seattle Times

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Genre : History
Author : Nick Middleton
Publisher : Chronicle Books
Release : 2017-03-21
Total Pages : 240 Pages
ISBN : 9781452158839


An Atlas Of Extinct Countries The Remarkable And Occasionally Ridiculous Stories Of 48 Nations That Fell Off The Map

An Atlas Of Extinct Countries The Remarkable And Occasionally Ridiculous Stories Of 48 Nations That Fell Off The Map

Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated – and timely – history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.

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Genre : Humor
Author : Gideon Defoe
Publisher : HarperCollins UK
Release : 2020-09-03
Total Pages : 304 Pages
ISBN : 9780008393885


Nowherelands

Nowherelands

A refreshingly original history of the lost countries of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examined and illustrated with the countries' postage stamps

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Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
Author : Bjorn Berge
Publisher :
Release : 2017-09
Total Pages : 240 Pages
ISBN : 0500519900


Atlas Of Improbable Places

Atlas Of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places shows the modern world from surprising new vantage points that will inspire urban explorers and armchair travellers alike to consider a new way of understanding the world we live in.

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Genre : History
Author : Travis Elborough
Publisher : Aurum Press
Release : 2021-07-06
Total Pages : 208 Pages
ISBN : 9780711264014


The Blind Accordionist

The Blind Accordionist

A supposedly long lost collection of fable-like stories supposedly written by the little-known middle European writer Maxim Guyavitch ... with a helpful intro and afterword making it hilariously clear that the keyword is "supposedly." In the novel WHO'S WHO WHEN EVERYONE IS SOMEONE ELSE, the character "C.D. Rose" (not to be confused with the author C.D. Rose) searches an unnamed middle-European city for the long-lost manuscript of a little-known writer named Maxim Guyavitch. That search was fruitless, but in THE BLIND ACCORDIONIST, "C.D. Rose" has found the manuscript--nine sparkling, fable-like short stories--and he presents them here with an (hilarious) introduction explaining the discovery, and an afterword providing (hilarious) critical commentary on the stories, and what they might reveal about the mysterious Guyavitch. THE BLIND ACCORDIONIST is another masterful book of world-making by the real C.D. Rose, absorbing in its mix of intelligence and light-heartedness, and its ultimate celebration of literature itself. It is the third novel in the series about "C.D. Rose," although the reader does not need to have read the previous two books. (The first in the series was THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF LITERARY FAILURE, containing portraits of dunsuccessful writers; the second was WHO'S WHO WHEN EVERYONE IS SOMEONE ELSE, in which the author of the DICTIONARY, "C.D. Rose," searches for the manuscript of his favorite dead writer, Maxim Guyavitch, while on a book tour for the DICTIONARY.) Like those books, THE BLIND ACCORDIONIST can be read both as a simple but wonderful collection of quirky stories, and as comedy--or as a beautiful and moving elegy on the nobility of writers wanting to be read.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : C. D. Rose
Publisher : Melville House
Release : 2021-06-15
Total Pages : 160 Pages
ISBN : 9781612199184


The Pirates In An Adventure With Scientists

The Pirates In An Adventure With Scientists

1837: the Victorian Era approaches and the golden age of piracy draws to a close. Worried that his pirates are growing bored of roaring, running people through, and sitting about on tropical beaches, the Pirate Captain decides it's time they had an adventure. A chance encounter with the young Charles Darwin leads the Captain and his crew to the fog-filled streets of London, a grisly murder and a diabolical Bishop ...

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Gideon Defoe
Publisher : A&C Black
Release : 2012-01-30
Total Pages : 224 Pages
ISBN : 9781408828144


Atlas Of Vanishing Places

Atlas Of Vanishing Places

Maps offer us a chance to see not just how our world looks today, but how it once looked. But what about the places that are no longer mapped? Cities forgotten under the dust of newly settled land? Rivers and seas whose changing shape has shifted the landscape around them? Or, even, places that have seemingly vanished, without a trace? Travis Elborough takes you on a voyage to all corners of the world in search of the lost, disappearing and vanished. Specially commissioned cartography showing each place as It once was and how it is today and archive photography bring these incredible stories to life.

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Genre : Travel
Author : Travis Elborough
Publisher : White Lion Publishing
Release : 2019-09-17
Total Pages : 208 Pages
ISBN : 9781781318959