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An Atlas of Extinct Countries

author: Gideon Defoe (2020)
date read: 19 September 2020
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read on the suggestion of Jonn Elledge.

Each of the 48 extinct countries gets a couple of pages: some fun illustrations of where it was, a fun intro, and then some history of how the country came to be and not to be. The history of countries could be dry, but there’s plenty of wit and a nod to the problems of colonialism and empires.

Not detailed enough to be a reference book, but there’s a thorough bibliography and it would make an excellent jumping off point for more research or reading, if it’s your thing.

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