The Concise Dictionary of World Place Names

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 2017 M12 7
Every populated place, however small, has a name, and every name is chosen for a reason. This fascinating dictionary gives the history, meanings, and origin of an enormous range of country, region, island, city, and town names from across the world, as well as the name in the local language. It also includes key historical facts associated with many place names. Place-names are continually changing. New names are adopted for many different reasons such as invasion, revolution, and decolonization. This dictionary includes selected former names, and, where appropriate, some historical detail to explain the transition. The names of places often offer a real insight into the places themselves, revealing religious and cultural traditions, the migration of peoples, the ebb and flow of armies, the presence of explorers, local languages, industrial developments and topography. Superstition and legend can also play a part. All this fascinating detail is included in the Concise Dictionary of World Place Names. In addition to the entries themselves, the dictionary includes two appendices: a glossary of foreign word elements which appear in place names and their meanings, and a list of personalities and leaders from all over the world who have influenced the naming of places. Containing over 10,000 names, from Aachen to Zyrardów, this is a unique and fascinating guide for geographers, travellers, and all with an interest in current world affairs.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

How to search for terms
Abbreviations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2017)

John Everett-Heath is a former military diplomat (Belgrade) and was a civil servant for thirteen years, during which he was concerned with Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Bibliographic information