Whatever Happened to Tanganyika?: The Place Names that History Left Behind

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Do you still find yourself referring to Zaire or Czechoslovakia, or wondering whether it should be Moldavia or Moldova, Burma or Myanmar? Dozens of countries, cities, and counties have changed their identity over the years. Some of the names we remember from our schooldays or from news headlines just a few years ago are now gone. For example, what did happen to Tanganyika? The fascinating stories behind the place names include Affpiddle, Biafra, British Heligoland, Ceylon, Flintshire, Friendly Isles, Islands of Samson and the Ducks, Leningrad, Little Britain, Macedonia, Muscat, Pleasant Island, Stalingrad, Tanganyika, West Britain, Yugoslavia, and Zaire. From the major political movements (the Leningrads and Stalingrads of the Socialist Soviet Republic) to enticing destinations (Pleasant Islands, the Friendly Isles), Whatever Happened to Tanganyika? reveals how the atlas of yesteryear became the maps of today.

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Harry Campbell is a freelance lexicographer who used to work for Larousse and Harper Collins. Alexander McCall Smith is a novelist best known as the creator of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

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"It's just the thing to take on an airplane flight, if you're willling to take the risk of being tempted to diverge from your planned journey."  —popmatters.com

"In this marvellous and intriguing book, Harry Campbell has created a whole new discipline—one which we may perhaps call nostalgic geography."  —Alexander McCall Smith

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