Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City

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Hippocrene Books, 2005 - History - 348 pages
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This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancies, and relatively low unemployment. This narrative presents the unique issues that confront small countries, including maintaining their independence, economic viability, preserving their native languages, and sustaining their governments. The second part of the book describes each microstate in turn, showing how each one has met these challenges and adapted over time. These concise and engaging chapters contain cultural information on subjects including the arts, gastronomy, and popular tourist sites.
  

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A thoroughly interesting read! Completely surprising, and very useful for our planned tour of the microstates next year.

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This book is a solid overview of the microstates of western Europe, of the elements that unite them and separate them at once. Eccardt argues that despite the widely differing particulars of the ... Read full review

Contents

A Short Introduction to Some Small Places
1
The Geography of the Microstates
7
How Independent Are the Microstates?
17
The Economies of the Microstates
33
The People of the Microstates
55
Government in the Microstates
73
A WormsEye History of Europe
89
Monarchy and Religion
107
The Business Microstate
175
The Giant Microstate
197
Microstate in the Middle
223
The Aristocrat of Microstates
253
The Freedom Microstate
277
The Papal Microstate
299
Touring the Microstates
323
Select Bibliography
333

Language and Education in the Microstates
125
The Pyrenean Microstate
145

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