Botswana (Enchantment of the World)

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9780516026169: Botswana (Enchantment of the World)

Describes the geography, climate, history, economy, culture, and people of Botswana.

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Grade 5-10-A sympathetic portrait of the independent African nation. Laure begins with a chapter on geography, followed by three on history, then five dealing with aspects of present-day life. The black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions are well chosen and adequately captioned. The maps, however, provide no information on such subjects as rainfall, vegetation, land use, or minerals-topics heavily emphasized in the text-and some labels are hard to read. The writing is generally clear and concrete. A few Tswana words are effectively used. Although the history section includes details about the area's first white "explorers," the focus is on how the dikgosi (traditional political leaders) tried to keep their people's freedom, and on the effects of colonial rule on the Tswana. A few concepts, like concessions and native councils, are inadequately explained, but generally the complex story is well told. The later chapters are somewhat fragmented, with "Daily Life" incorporating a particularly wide range of subjects (library service is discussed under "Handicrafts"). Nonetheless, many aspects of economic development, education, health, and tourism policy are discussed, and there is a section on non-Tswana minorities. Botswana (Lerner, 1990) is an excellent alternative, but both books are worth having for their different emphases.
Loretta Kreider Andrews, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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