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The Countries of the World

Nature volume 24, pages 306307 | Download Citation



WE are surprised that, after so many volumes of this work have been devoted to the description of America and Asia, the whole of Europe and of Africa are disposed of in a single volume, a considerable part of it being devoted, moreover, to the Turkish Empire. This last is allotted 58 pages, whilst the whole of Europe is dealt with in 104 pages, and the whole of Africa in other 104 pages. Moreover, why should Turkey have the favour of receiving thrice as much space as Russia, which is actually dismissed in only eight pages, whilst France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have only four pages each. Does the Russian Empire, or Spain, with their variety of climate, of soil, and of population, afford less interest for the general reader than Asiatic Turkey, and Italy less than Senegambia or Liberia?

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