By Courtlandt Canby
The three-volume "Encyclopedia of historical locations, Revised variation" identifies and gives attention-grabbing history details on towns, cities, districts, territories, and countries world wide. With greater than 9,000 A-to-Z entries and a full-color insert in every one quantity, this revised set is way extra complete and colourful than the former version. as well as present position names, towns, and states, this encyclopedia additionally has a considerable directory of old and classical areas which are not in life. there were many adjustments within the geography of across the world the prior 25 years, together with the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the cave in of the Soviet Union, and the delivery of the ecu Union, to call a number of. All of those alterations, and plenty of extra, were up to date during this new version to make the knowledge as present as attainable. The revision additionally contains new entries from each quarter of the area, with an further emphasis on how and know-how have replaced the geography of the trendy international. The entries contain: The Alamo; Berlin; Congo; Dakar; Erie Canal; fortress Knox; Hawaii; Ionian Islands; Java; Kabul; London; Mecca; New Orleans; Omaha seashore; Paris; Rome; Salzburg; Tibet; Tokyo; Vicksburg; and Windhoek.
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C. c. c. c. See also Macedonia Empire. AETOLIAN LEAGUE See Aetolia AETSTRETFORDAE See Stratford-upon-Avon AFARS AND ISSAS See Djibouti AFGHANISTAN [Greek: Bactria] (Afghanistan) This country in S Central Asia is bounded on the N by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, on the E by China, on the S by Pakistan, and on the W by Iran. It is central to passage to and from the above countries and its very centrality explains its turbulent political history, with countless changes of government, boundaries, and allegiances.
An important industrial center today, it has expanded since the North Sea oil boom of the 1970s. ABILENE (United States) City in NW central Texas, 150 mi SW of Fort Worth. Founded as a terminus of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1881, it was named after Abilene, Kansas. Today it is an educational center. ABERGAVENNY [earlier: Gobannium] (Wales) Town in Gwent, at the confluence of the Gavenny and Usk Rivers, 16 mi N of Newport. Strategically positioned on the route between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, it was fortified by Romans and Normans and was attacked several times between the 11th and 17th centuries.
Afghanistan stayed neutral during World War I and by various treaties was recognized as independent by Britain, Russia, Turkey, and Persia. The progressive Amanullah Khan assumed rule in 1919 and adopted a constitution in 1923. However, his Westernization provoked opposition, and he was overthrown in 1929. His successor, Nadir Shah, was assassinated in 1933. Nadir Shah’s son, Mohammed Zahir Shah, formed the Oriental Entente in 1937 with Turkey, Iraq, and Iran and continued to modernize the country.