New in paperback! This new and revised edition of Place-Name Changes Since 1900, originally published in 1979, contains over 4,500 name changes worldwide, ranging from small villages to entire countries. Much has changed in the world in the 13 years that have passed since the original work appeared, and the new edition takes full account of recent developments in Germany, the former Soviet Union, and other East European countries such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. An appendix gives the official names of countries of the world as of January 1, 1992. The bibliography has been updated and enlarged. Now more than ever, the work will prove an essential reference tool for all those who wish to keep abreast with the latest developments on the world stage. Cloth edition previously published in 1993. Paperback edition available August 2002.
Adrian Room (MA, Oxford) is the author of about 35 popular reference books, mainly on the origins of words and names. He has taught English and modern foreign languages at a number of schools and colleges, and in 1984 left his post as Senior Lecturer in Russian with the Ministry of Defence to pursue writing full-time. He has long specialized in the field of place names, and his first book on the subject (and his first book overall) was Place Names of the World (David & Charles, 1974). His recent publications include Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles (Bloomsbury, 1989) and Street Names of England (Paul Watkins, 1992). He is currently working on two new dictionaries of first names, and his largest work ever on the subject of names will be published as Brewer's Dictionary of Names (Cassell, 1992). He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the English Place-Name Society and the American Name Society.