An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations That Fell off the Map (Angielski) Twarda oprawa – 3 września 2020
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- Wydawca : Fourth Estate Ltd (3 września 2020)
- Język : Angielski
- Twarda oprawa : 304 str.
- ISBN-10 : 0008393850
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008393854
- Wymiary : 14.1 x 2.8 x 20.9 cm
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‘This entertaining atlas of nations that fell off the map is a joyously compiled catalogue of chancers, conmen, madmen, mistakes, lies and far fetches schemes that laid waste the genuine hopes of a nation or exploded the overreaching ambitions of bombastic megalomaniac … a riot of revisionist history and political ambition’ Traveller Magazine
‘A whirlwind tour through the pleasingly oddball tales of history's also-rans … If you’re looking for a delightful stocking stuffer for the travel and history aficionado in your life, look no further’ Frommers
Gideon Defoe is the author of The Pirates! book series, and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Aardman film The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. He has also written about how animals have sex and penned a computer game tie-in novel because he is bad at staying on brand.
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• Good at borrowing money and not paying it back;
• Bum at choosing locations for their country;
• Useless at managing a country;
• Unable to either defend against the various colonial empires or to sell their own country to these empires;
• Great at designing flags and uniforms.
So basically stupid, and worryingly, able to persuade people to get involved in their schemes, many of whom lost their lives due to famine, disease or other avoidable disasters.
Learnt something very interesting about the Vanuatu island and their hairless pigs, who are pseudo hermaphrodites – whereby the males have internal testes.
There is an article in 2006, by Lum et al in the PNAS journal, that days – pig is food in itself but is also a food storage unit, thus we obtain societal wealth and ecological balance by a form of competitive giving – of the pig.
Some pigs become ritual animals and are considered to have the equivalent status to a ‘man of title’ as they are very difficult to rear and being hairless suffer from sunburn. They are therefore extremely valuable in the pig hierarchy.