Cultural Diversity Collection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625134827
  • ISBN-13: 9781625134820
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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History provides countless examples of the growth and challenges faced by various cultures around the world. This collection explores the land and people of North America, Europe, and Asia, illustrating the similarities and differences that are key to each group.

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Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia  (ISBN-10: 1615309772 | ISBN-13: 9781615309771)

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Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands  (ISBN-10: 1615309799 | ISBN-13: 9781615309795)

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France  (ISBN-10: 1615309810 | ISBN-13: 9781615309818)

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Germany  (ISBN-10: 1615309837 | ISBN-13: 9781615309832)

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Cyprus, Greece, and Malta  (ISBN-10: 1615309853 | ISBN-13: 9781615309856)

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Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia  (ISBN-10: 161530987X | ISBN-13: 9781615309870)

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Italy  (ISBN-10: 1615309896 | ISBN-13: 9781615309894)

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Portugal and Spain  (ISBN-10: 1615309934 | ISBN-13: 9781615309931)

As neighbors and early rival nations, Portugal and Spain have been associated for much of their histories. Yet despite their geographic proximity on the Iberian Peninsula and shared past, each boasts distinct social, cultural, and economic identities. Readers will examine the evolution of each country, witnessing the rise of their earliest civilizations, their dramatic rivalry during the Age of Discovery, their days as empire-builders, their struggles through authoritarian regimes, and their emergence as independent nations and members of the European Union.

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Denmark, Finland, and Sweden  (ISBN-10: 1615309950 | ISBN-13: 9781615309955)

The Nordic region of northern Europe is indelibly linked in the minds of many with the Viking cultures that populated the area eons ago. Yet, as this intricate study of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden attests, there’s so much more to the story than that. These nations have emerged from the long shadow of their early days in the Viking era to become vibrant societies with proud traditions, distinct customs, and promising futures. Readers will learn about the land, people, governments, and economies of these fascinating countries, and examine the historical paths each took to achieve the successes they enjoy in the modern age.

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The United Kingdom: Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales  (ISBN-10: 162275056X | ISBN-13: 9781622750566)

Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales—storied lands that have sparked the global imagination through their legends and centuries-old traditions—often seem to be eclipsed by the neighboring England. While there are many similarities between them, each is culturally distinct, with languages, traditions, and identities not shared by the others. But even as Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales each work to safeguard their unique heritages, they have also worked together and with England, despite the often tense relationships between them that have at times made coexistence difficult and independence movements frequent. The histories, peoples, and traditions of these remarkable lands are the subjects of this comprehensive volume.

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Ireland  (ISBN-10: 1622750594 | ISBN-13: 9781622750597)

Although the independent Irish republic emerged only relatively recently, its rich history and cultural bounties date back centuries. The Irish have long endured strife, struggling against external control—notably English rule—as well as against infighting, often between Roman Catholics and Protestants. Yet even amidst such conflict, Ireland has continued to be known as the “land of saints and scholars,” with writers such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, as well as musicians U2 and Sinead O’Connor, representing some of its most memorable cultural output. This compelling profile of Ireland surveys the land, people, culture, and history of this storied country, from the beginning of Celtic society to the development of the Celtic Tiger economy of the early 21st century.

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