2023 Books: What can extinct countries tell us about the fragile world map?

2023 Books: What can extinct countries tell us about the fragile world map?

Book: Atlas of Extinct Countries

Author: Gideon Defoe

Reviewed by: Christopher N. Smithlawyer and honorary consul of Denmark in Georgia

Christopher N. Smith. Photography by Bonnie Moret

Tucked away in HimalayasThe kingdom Sikkim It existed for more than 300 years until it became extinct in 1975. Closer to home, it was The Great Republic, Rough and Readywhich exists today California, It lasted only three months in 1850.

Worlds apart and with vastly different periods, the two appear together among 48 previously chronicled nations. Gideon Defoe‘s Atlas of extinct countries.

Some autopsies are dramatic, some are practical, and some are just a head-scratcher.

One tragic tale concerns the failed case of Boyas In the modern era Honduras And Nicaragua. The country was a scheme of a con man who promised settlers and investors from it Scotland A fresh start in a new utopian seaside town. However, settlers arrived in the early 1800s to find a mosquito-infested swamp with no buildings. Soon many of them were infected with tropical diseases.

It was more realistic to have 104 years Morisinet is neutral. It was created due to a dispute over a zinc mine claimed by both Prussia And the Holland (And later Belgium). It was founded in 1816 as a compromise to avoid conflict and is now part of Belgium.

From “What were they thinking?” Oath comes a short-lived story Refreshment islandsWhich rebukes the oft-quoted phrase from the film Field of dreams “Build it and they will come.” Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, these remote islands are currently part of Tristan de Cunha’s British Overseas Territory. In 1811 AD New Britain-The resident businessman claimed the islands and believed they could be used as a profitable stopping destination for ships passing through the area. He may have thought that the nineteenth century was equivalent to the modern era Book e Huge gas station and convenience store. The problem, of course, is that to be a good rest stop, one has to be in an area that people already travel to. The islands’ modern-day population is 4. So it’s still not a hot destination.

The book is not intended to be a catalog of a huge list of countries that no longer exist in the world. It also does not provide any comprehensive data on the status of the boundaries, which remain in dispute. Rather, it is a series of short obituaries for a selected number of countries, many of which the average reader has never heard of before. Thus, the book is a valuable addition to the library of those interested in history, geography, and world affairs. It also imparts knowledge that is worth further investigation. For example: A deep dive beyond the book’s contents revealed that Neutral Moresnet actually had its own national anthem, a catchy tune that one could listen to. Even find it on YouTube.

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