Encyclopedia of Stateless Nations

Ethnic and National Groups around the World, 2nd Edition

by James B. Minahan


There are hundreds of stateless nations—groups that identify as separate nations from the countries wherein they reside—worldwide.

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August 2016


Pages 568
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/General
  Race and Ethnicity/General

This book addresses the numerous national movements of ethnic groups around the world seeking independence, more self-rule, or autonomy—movements that have proliferated exponentially in the 21st century.

In the last 15 years, globalization, religious radicalization, economic changes, endangered cultures and languages, cultural suppression, racial tensions, and many other factors have stimulated the emergence of autonomy and independence movements in every corner of the world—even in areas formerly considered immune to self-government demands such as South America. Researching the numerous ethnic groups seeking autonomy or independence worldwide previously required referencing many specialized publications. This book makes this difficult-to-find information available in a single volume, presented in a simple format accessible to everyone, from high school readers to scholars in advanced studies programs.

The book provides an extensive update to Greenwood's Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups around the World that was published more than a decade earlier. Each ethnic group receives an alphabetically organized entry containing information such as alternate names, population figures, flag or flags, geography, history, culture, and languages. All the information readers need to understand the motivating factors behind each movement and the current situation of each ethnic group is presented in a compact summary. Fact boxes at the beginning of each entry enable students to quickly access key information, and consistent entry structure makes for easy cross-cultural comparisons.


  • Provides readers with an understanding of a global phenomenon that continues even today
  • Presents specific, hard-to-find information on the many ethnic and national groups seeking greater self-government in an easy-to-access format with up-to-date facts and histories
  • Provides further reading suggestions, an index, and an appendix of dates of independence declarations by nation
Author Info

James B. Minahan is an independent scholar who has written a number of reference books on international statehood and identity, including ABC-CLIO's Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia; Ethnic Groups of the Americas: An Encyclopedia; and The Former Soviet Union's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook as well as Greenwood's Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups Around the World and Nations without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements.



"Well sourced and written, this work is worth acquiring to replace the earlier editions, especially if shelf space is at a premium. Summing Up: Recommended. High school, community college, and undergraduate students; general readers."—Choice

"This is an easy-to-use resource that would be at home in any institution that supports a global studies, political science, international relations, human geography or conflict analysis/dispute programme. . . . [I]t is an excellent resource on a timely and important subject matter."—Reference Reviews

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