Books about Statoids

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Dutt, Ashok K., and M. Margaret Geib. Fully Annotated Atlas of South Asia. Boulder: Westview Press, 1987.
Groupe de Démographie Africaine. L'Évaluation des Effectifs de la Population des Pays Africains. Vol. I. Paris: Le Groupe, 1982.
Country-by-country survey of the characteristics of the population of African countries. In French.
Mardešić, Petar, and Zvonimir Dugački. Geografski Atlas Jugoslavije. Zagreb: Znanje, 1961.
Geographical Atlas of Yugoslavia. In Croat.
Schmidt, Karl J. An Atlas and Survey of South Asian History. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1995.

Etymology, Onomastics, Linguistics, etc.:

Alotta, Robert I. Signposts & Settlers: The History of Place Names in the Middle Atlantic States. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1992. ISBN 0-929387-44-9
Large list of place names in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, with their origins.
Aurousseau, Marcel. The Rendering of Geographical Names. London: Hutchinson University Library, 1957.
Survey of ways in which geographical names are translated and transcribed.
Barry, Randall K. ALA-LC Romanization Tables. Washington: Library of Congress, 1997. ISBN 0-8444-0940-5
Instructions for transliterating from about fifty foreign scripts to accented Roman letters, intended for library use.
Deroy, Louis, and Marianne Mulon. Dictionnaire de Noms de Lieux. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 1992.
Large list of worldwide place names with etymologies. Some emphasis on Francophone countries. In French.
Fifth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. Vol. II. New York: United Nations, 1991. ISBN 92-1-002053-7
Proceedings of the conference, with reports about geographical standardization in various participating countries.
Fourth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. Vol. II. New York: United Nations, 1987.
Proceedings of the conference, with reports about geographical standardization in various participating countries.
Jordan, Peter, Milan Orožen Adamič, and Paul Woodman (eds.) Exonyms and the International Standardisation of Geographical Names. Vienna: Lit Verlag, 2007. ISBN 978-3-8258-0035-0
Collected articles on the problems posed by exonyms.
Matthews, C.M. Place Names of the English-Speaking World. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972. ISBN 0-684-12939-6?
Narrative history of place naming in each major English-speaking country.
Mills, A.D. Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-19-280074-4
Extensive list of place names in England with their etymologies.
Parker, Neil, John Weeks, and Reg Wilson. Registration Plates of the World. Europlate: 1994, 2004. ISBN 0-9502735-6-2 paperback, 0-9502735-7-0 hardback
Describes systems used throughout the world for license plates and "distinguishing signs" of vehicles.
Room, Adrian. Place-Name Changes since 1900: a World Gazetteer. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1979.
Worldwide place names with former names and the date of change.
Rostaing, Charles. Les Noms de Lieux. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1945.
Roots of French place names, from pre-indo-european to modern. In French.
Schack, Jørgen. Statsnavne og Nationalitetsord. Oslo: Nordisk Språksekretariat, 1994.
A small booklet containing the names of the countries of the world in each of five Nordic languages.
Scott, David E. Ontario Place Names. Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1993. ISBN 1-55110-093-2
A list of place names in Ontario with their origins.
Sibley, Inez Kibb. Dictionary of Place-Names in Jamaica. Kingston: Institute of Jamaica, 1978.
A list of Jamaican place names with their origins.
Stewart, George R. American Place-Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Extensive list of U.S. place names with their origins.
Stewart, George R. Names on the Globe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975.
A list of worldwide place names with their origins.
Stewart, George R. Names on the Land. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967.
Narrative history of place-naming in the U.S.
Wellisch, Hans H. The Conversion of Scripts. New York: Wiley, 1978.
Definitive work on transliteration and transcription from one language and script to another. Emphasis on library application.

Gazetteers, Yearbooks:

Bernard, Antoinette, and Bernard Couvelaire, eds. Payscope: Le nouveau paysage mondial. Encyclopædia Universalis, 1994.
Country data and current events. Includes statoid maps for most countries. In French.
Fisher, Morris. Provinces and Provincial Capitals of the World. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1967; second edition, 1985.
Country-by-country lists of primary administrative divisions and their capitals.
Hunter, Brian, ed. The Statesman's Year-Book. New York: Saint Martin's Press, annual.
Country-by-country political directory, including lists of primary subdivisions for many countries.
Law, Gwillim. Administrative Subdivisions of Countries. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0729-8 Barnes and Noble
This Web site should give you an idea of what's in the book.
Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1997. ISBN 0-87779-546-0
Alphabetical gazetteer of worldwide place names, including some lists of subdivisions at several levels. U.S. emphasis.

Political Geography:

Auffhammer, Maximilian. How Many Subdivisions? Online (draft), 2003.
Mathematical analysis of the factors determining the number of subdivisions in each country.
Glassner, Martin Ira. Political Geography. New York: Wiley, 1993. ISBN 0-471-57485-6
Textbook for a first course in political geography.
Hanson, Philip, and Bradshaw, Michael J., eds. The Territories of the Russian Federation. London: Europa Publications, 1999.
The characteristics of the entities of the Russian Federation, emphasizing changes since the fall of Communism.
Malesky, Edmund. Gerrymandering Vietnamese Style: The Political Motivations behind the Creation of New Provinces in Vietnam. 2005.
Discussion of the reasons for frequent provincial splits in Vietnam, as compared to other countries.
Originally posted at (dead link).
Masson, Jean-Louis. Provinces, Départements, Régions. Paris: Éditions Fernand Lanore, 1984.
Detailed history of the administrative geography of France. In French.
Pounds, Norman J.G. Political Geography. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963.
Textbook for a first course in political geography.
Stephan, Ed. The Division of Territory in Society. Online, 1995-2008.
Expanded thesis exploring reasons for the size and distribution of administrative subdivisions.

Political Science:

Bennett, Robert, ed. Territory and Administration in Europe. London: Pinter Publishers, 1989.
Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States 1992. London: Europa Publications Ltd., 1992.
Chandler, J.A., ed. Local Government in Liberal Democracies: an Introductory Survey. London: Routledge, 1993. ISBN 0-415-08875-5
Comparative study of the local government hierarchies in eight industrialized countries. May be used as a textbook.
Gardiner, Vince, and Hugh Matthews, eds. The Changing Geography of the United Kingdom, Third Edition. London: Routledge, 2000. ISBN 0-415-17901-7
Collection of articles on different aspects of U.K. geography.
Gustaffson, Agne. Local Government in Sweden, tr. Roger Tanner. Uddevalla: Swedish Institute, 1983.
Keith-Lucas, B. English Local Government in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. London: Historical Association, 1977.
Nickson, R. Andrew Local Government in Latin America. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1995.
Stanyer, Jeffrey. County Government in England and Wales. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967.

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. - Eccl. xii:12.

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