Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City

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Juni 2004



This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest lands in Europe and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancies, and relatively low unemployment. This narrative first presents the many unique issues that confront small countries, including maintaining their independence, economic viability, native languages, and forms of government. The second part of the book describes each microstate in turn, showing how each one has met these challenges and adapted over time. These concise and engaging histories contain cultural information on subjects including the arts, gastronomy, and popular tourist sites.


CONTENTS: A Short Introduction to Some Small Places; A Small World: The Geography of the Microstates; A Short Tether: How Independent Are the Microstates?; Microeconomics: The Economies of the Microstates; Lilliputians: The People of the Microstates; Micromanagement: Government in the Microstates; A Worm's-Eye History of Europe; Big Fish in Little Ponds: Monarchy and Religion in the Microstates; Small Talk: Language and Education in the Microstates; Andorra: The Pyrenean Microstate; Liechtenstein: The Business Microstate; Luxembourg: The Giant Microstate; Malta: Microstate in the Middle; Monaco: The Aristocrat of Microstates; San Marino: The Freedom Microstate; Vatican City: The Papal Microstate; Touring the Microstates; Index.
EAN: 9780781810326
ISBN: 0781810329
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2004
Seitenanzahl: 348 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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