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A Review of the Historical Dictionary of Belarus

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The following is a review of the Historical Dictionary of Belarus by Jan Zaprudnik, which appeared in the summer, 1998, issue of Belarusian Review, (vol. 10, no. 2) .

The Historical Dictionary of Belarus, by Jan Zaprudnik. (Scarecrow Press, 1998, $55.00).

Available from the publisher: 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706, USA, Tel. 800 462-6420.


Scarecrow Press has just published the Historical Dictionary of Belarus by Jan Zaprudnik. The book appears in the "European Historical Dictionaries Series," No. 28. Dr. Zaprudnik has been writing extensively on Belarus. His book, Belarus: At a Crossroads in History, (Westview Press, 1993), was well received by reviewers; and is now out of print [though can sometimes be found through used book dealers, including on the Internet].

The Historical Dictionary of Belarus consists of four parts:

and a supplement, "Rulers of Belarus" (from Duke Rahvalod to President Lukashenka).

The volume has two maps: one indicating Belarus' main cities and towns (courtesy of Belarusian Review) and the other showing the strategic location of Belarus in the East European context.

As of today, Zaprudnik's book is the only English-language source of data on Belarus' past and present. The volume provides essential information on historical personages, current figures, political parties and their leaders; it has articles on archeology, early tribes, main rivers, major battles, economy, education, historiography, demography, language, culture, literature, arts, religion, national idea, the Belarusian diaspora, recent referenda, parliament, human rights, etc.

In the article on alphabets, two sets of characters are given: Cyrillic and Latin. This will be of assistance to those who are not familiar with the Belarusian Latin and Cyrillic alphabets that have been and are still used.

The easy style of the dictionary will enable English speaking families with Belarusian heritage in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia to use the book in explaining to their children and grandchildren the country of their origin and its present status in the world. The book could also be helpful to those who are learning English and wish to inform their foreign friends about Belarus.

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