This completely updated, full-color edition - part of the Junior Worldmark family of geo-cultural references - provides students and general researchers with an easy-to-use, systematic guide to the history and current status of 315 cultural groups outside the United States, including 25 groups new to the set. Included in the 170 countries covered are Afghanis, Afrikaners, Australian Aborigines, Bosnians, Chinese, Congolese, Egyptians, Filipinos, French, Greeks, Haitians, Hungarians, Indians, Iranians, Iraqis, Israelis, Japanese, Kenyans, Kurds, Lebanese, Mexicans, Moroccans, New Zealanders, Nigerians, Peruvians, Russians, Rwandans, Samoans, Scots, Spaniards, Swiss, Tanzanians, Thai, Ugandans, Venezuelans, Vietnamese, Welch, Yemenis, Zimbabweans, Zulu, and many more.
Ideally suited to students who might otherwise need help interpreting information presented in more complex reference works, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures includes helpful features such as consistent subheads; contextual pronunciations and definitions; at-a-glance statistics; annotated maps; and simple charts. Essays are divided into 20 subcategories -- including language, folklore, religion, holidays, living conditions, family life, clothing, food, sports, social problems, resources and others -- making it easy to compare and contrast cultures. Volumes also include a comprehensive table of contents, glossary, language overview and finder table to specific cultures. Individual indexes are cumulated in the final volume.
"An incredible nine-volume set that explores more than 290 culture groups from around the world. Provides heaps of information. This set of encyclopedias will be of great service to students -- of all ages -- eager to venture into the hundreds of cultures throughout the world. It's a huge job to comb the world over and collect thousands of bits and pieces; this collection deserves accolades for a huge job, well done."
-- Today's Librarian (January 1999)
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