CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The Concise Dictionary of World Place Names gives the history, meanings and
origin of an enormous range of country, region, island, city, and town anmes
from across the world, as well as the name of the local language. It includes
key historical facts associated with many place names, selected former names,
and, where appropriate, some historical detail to explain the transition.
In addition to the entries themselves, the dictionary includes two
fascinating 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 8,000 entries of current names of countries, regions,
islands, and cities, the Concise Dictionary of World Place Names is a unique
and fascinating guide for geographers, travelers, and all with an interest in
current world affairs.