Encyclopedia of Historic Places by Courtlandt Canby, David S. Lemberg

By Courtlandt Canby, David S. Lemberg

The three-volume «Encyclopedia of old locations, Revised variation» identifies and offers interesting history info on towns, cities, districts, territories, and countries all over the world. as well as present position names, towns, and states, this encyclopedia additionally has a considerable directory of historic and classical areas which are now not in lifestyles. there were many adjustments within the geography of across the world the prior 25 years, together with the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the cave in of the Soviet Union, and the beginning of the eu Union, to call a number of. All of those adjustments, and plenty of extra, were up-to-date during this re-creation to make the knowledge as present as attainable. The revision additionally comprises new entries from each zone of the realm, with an extra emphasis on how and expertise have replaced the geography of the fashionable international. The entries contain: The Alamo Berlin Congo Dakar Erie Canal citadel Knox Hawaii Ionian Islands Java Kabul London Mecca New Orleans Omaha seashore Paris Rome Salzburg Tibet Tokyo Vicksburg and Windhoek.

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In 1258 Hulagu Khan, Genghiz Khan’s grandson, assailed Baghdad, sacked and burned it, massacring the inhabitants. The 37th and last Abbasid caliph died in the catastrophe. A member of the family escaped to Egypt where he was recognized as the Islamic caliph, but he and his successors were dominated by the Mamluks, non-Arabic warriors who had gained power in Egypt. This surviving Abbasid line continued in this situation until the Ottoman Empire conquered Egypt in 1517. ABBATIS VILLA See Abbeville (France) ABBENDUN See Abingdon ABBEVILLE [Latin: Abbatis Villa] (France) Town in Picardy, on the Somme River, 28 mi NW of Amiens.

In 1803 it was reunited as a canton, with its capital at Aarau. AALBORG See Ålborg AARHUS See Århus AALEN (Germany) Town in Baden-Württemberg, 44 mi E of Stuttgart. It grew up around a large Roman fort and was a free imperial city from 1360 to 1803, when it passed to Württemberg. It was almost destroyed by fire in 1634. Remains of the Roman fort still stand. AARLEN See Arlon ABA (Nigeria) City 40 mi NE of Port Harcourt, on the Aba River. Starting as a small settlement of the Ibo tribe, in the 1 2 Ābādān 20th century it became a British administrative center.

In the 1950s and 1960s the government took broad measures to modernize and improve the economy. In 1973 the monarchy was abolished and a republic established. After a coup, in December 1979 the country was occupied by the USSR in order to bolster its pro-Russian government, which had nearly collapsed. The occupation was a stormy one, and the Russians faced much organized resistance. The Afghan resistance and internal problems in the USSR pushed the Soviet occupation out by 1989. In 1992 an Islamic State was declared, but fighting continued among factions and warlords.

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