Countries, Peoples & Cultures (9-Volume Set)

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-800-6
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# of Volumes: 9
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This brand-new series from Salem Press provides valuable insight into the social, cultural, economic, historical, and religious practices and beliefs of nearly every nation around the globe. With nine comprehensive, up-to-date volumes spanning every major world region, this in-depth reference source is one of the most thorough compilations of its kind on the market today.

The Countries, Peoples & Cultures series is complete with specific information on over 200 countries and self-governing territories, as well as separate appendices profiling 21 types of governments currently in power and 10 major world religions. Useful for students, educators, academic researchers, and other professionals in their fields, this encyclopedia is a must-have for community, academic, and specialized libraries across the nation.

Every volume in this series contains Culture Profiles that explore each nation’s background, practices, beliefs, laws, peoples, and more, ensuring users receive a complete, three-dimensional understanding of the countries they research. Every Culture Profile contains a picture of the country’s flag and two large colored maps, one highlighting the country’s location in its region of the world and the other detailing the capital, major cities, and major natural landmarks. An Introduction provides general information about each country, such as its Population, Official Language(s), Physical Size, Climate, Currency, and National Motto/Anthem. Subsequent sections dive deep into a diverse array of topics, including: Environment & Geography, Customs & Courtesies, Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment, Cultural Sites & Landmarks, Libraries & Museums, Holidays, Youth Culture, Cultural History, Transportation, Infrastructure, Media & Communications, Standard of Living, Education, Women’s Rights, Health Care, Government, Tourism, Agriculture, and the Economy. Every Culture Profile ends with a list of Off- Beat Facts, such as origins of familiar words or unique traditions only found in the featured nation.

An appendix of World Government Profiles focuses on 21 types of governments found in the world today, highlighting each government’s Guiding Premise, Typical Structure, Role of the Citizen, and modern-day Examples. Governments featured in this appendix include: Commonwealth, Communist, Confederacy/Confederation, Constitutional Republic, Constitutional Monarchy, Democracy, Dictatorship/ Military Dictatorship, Ecclesiastical, Federal Republic, Federation, Monarchy, Parliamentary Monarchy, Parliamentary Republic, Presidential, Republic, Socialist, Sultanate/Emirate, Theocratic Republic, Totalitarian, Treaty System, and Failed State.

An additional appendix of World Religion Profiles reviews 10 major world religions and includes a General Description that details the Religion Name, Number of Adherents Worldwide, Basic Tenets, Sacred Text(s), Major Figures, Major Holy Sites, Major Rites & Celebrations, and other beliefs, such as the existence of an afterlife. Origins of each religion are also thoroughly explored, including the History & Geography, Founder/Major Prophet, Philosophical Basis, and Holy Places, as well as explanations of the faith’s Governance, Personal Conduct of Believers, Rites, Celebrations, Services, and more. Religions profiled in this appendix include: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Religious Traditions of Africa, Religious Traditions of Asia, and Sikhism.

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October 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-798-6
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-799-3

Territories in the Middle East and on the northern part of the African continent are covered in this volume. Includes profiles of: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

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November 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-782-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-783-2

Countries and territories in this volume represent the eastern and southern parts of the African continent. Includes profiles of: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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December 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-784-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-785-6

The western and central parts of the African continent are covered in this volume. Includes profiles of: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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December 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-786-3
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-787-0

The North American continent (above Mexico) and islands located in the Caribbean Sea are examined in this volume. Includes profiles of: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cuba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (ex-Netherlands Antilles), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Greenland, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Virgin Islands.

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June 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-788-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-789-4

This volume takes a look at the South American continent, Mexico, and Central America. Includes profiles of: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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December 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-790-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-791-7

Nations and territories of Eastern Asia and in the Pacific Ocean are the focus of this volume. Includes profiles of: Australia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Island, Mongolia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, North Korea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Tuvalu, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

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July 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-792-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-793-1

Countries and territories of this volume represent the Central, Southern, and Southeastern regions of the Asian continent. Includes profiles of: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

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October 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-794-8
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61925-795-5

Russia and the eastern, central, and southeastern regions of the European continent comprise this volume. Includes profiles of: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

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August 2015
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Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-796-2
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Nations on the western part of the European continent, as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Iceland, are the focus of this volume. Includes profiles of: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

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