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Somalia Table of Contents



The five chapters that follow represent preliminary drafts of Somalia: A Country Study, to be published by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. The revised edition of this publication is now in the editorial process and will appear in the first half of 1993. The finished work will contain an introduction that highlights major trends detailed in the individual chapters and brings Somalia's situation up to date. The book also will include maps, photographs, a glossary, and a bibliography.

Most books in the area handbook series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order.

Louis R. Mortimer
Federal Research Division
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540