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Nations Without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements
Nations Without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements
By James Minahan
Greenwood Press, 1996, 692 pp

For those who cannot quite remember what the capital of Meghalaya is or who the Ingrian people are, this is a most helpful reference book. The only common characteristic of the "nations" cataloged here is that they are not represented by nation-states. Some, like Scotland, are familiar, but most are obscure. Each entry provides basic facts and figures on population, geography, religion, and language, as well as a capsule history (whose accuracy, I suspect, might be debated by the peoples in question) of how each nation came to be.