Western Europe 2015-2016
By (author) Wayne C. Thompson
Publication date:13 August 2015
Length of book:460 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
The World Today Series: Western Europe is an annually updated presentation of each sovereign country in Western Europe, past and present. It is organized by individual chapters for each country expertly covering the region’s geography, people, history, political system, constitution, parliament, decentralization and states if a federation, parties, political leaders and elections. There are also sections on foreign and defense policy, economy, culture, future and a comprehensive bibliography. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, potential investors and students. Now in its 33rd edition, the content is thorough yet perfect for a one-semester introductory course or general library reference. Available in both print and e-book formats and priced low to fit student budgets.
Since 1982, the World Today Series has provided an annually updated, comprehensive snapshot of countries within the context of their national and regional milieu. . . .Whether tiny like San Marino, or possessing longstanding regional power like the United Kingdom, the book presents each entity’s essay respectfully and informatively. . . .The narrative does well to emphasize significant characteristics of a nation’s story, giving broad space to subjects like tolerance in the Netherlands or the tensions rendered by the competing Turkish and Greek ethnic groups on the small island of Cyprus. Readers may also delight in the random odd facts peppered throughout, such as the fact that the Industrial Revolution began in Belgium earlier than almost anywhere else in Europe. Preceding the national entries is a section introducing the region in general terms, which provides good insight into the ways and means of governing apparatus like NATO and the European Union. Complete with many black-and-white photos and an extensive website directory and English language bibliography, this volume does an excellent job of surveying a region both immensely diverse, yet inextricably linked.