Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City
"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."--Provided by publisher.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JamesBanzer - LibraryThing
I would probably have never personally chosen this for my reading list, but in the end I was grateful that a relative gave it to me. The book by Thomas Eccardt is totally enjoyable. One of the places ... Read full review
A thoroughly interesting read! Completely surprising, and very useful for our planned tour of the microstates next year.
A Short Introduction to Some Small Places
The Geography of the Microstates
How Independent Are the Microstates?
The Economies of the Microstates
The People of the Microstates
Government in the Microstates
A WormsEye History of Europe
Monarchy and Religion
The Business Microstate
The Giant Microstate
Microstate in the Middle
The Aristocrat of Microstates
The Freedom Microstate
The Papal Microstate
Touring the Microstates