Saturday, July 1, 2017

An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist

An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: a Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States / Nick Middleton, 232 pp.

Like other recent titles Atlas Obscura and  Atlas of Lost Cities, this title invites the reader to look beyond the lines drawn on a standard map to see all the things not depicted there.  In this case, we learn about expected spots such as Tibet and Taiwan, and lesser known disputed territories such as Balochistan and Transnistria.  Closer to home, we see the borders of the Republic of Lakotah, capital Porcupine, which most of us know as the Black Hills.  A reminder that map lines, like history, are drawn by those in power.

A very attractive and accessible volume from Chronicle Books.

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