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Whatever Happened to Tanganyika?

The Place Names That History Left Behind

Harry Campbell



ISBN: 9781906032050

Price: £9.99

Publication date: 1 September 2007


Do you still find yourself referring to Zaire or Czechoslovakia, or wondering whether it should be Moldavia or Moldova, Burma or Myanmar? Dozens of countries, cities and counties have changed their identity over the years. Some of the names we remember from our schooldays or from news headlines just a few years ago are now gone. For example, whatever happened to Tanganyika?

This new book by Harry Campbell is a fascinating trawl through the place names that history left behind: the stories about where they came from, what happened to them and what they were replaced by.

The stories behind the place names include: Biafra, British Heligoland, Ceylon, Flintshire, Friendly Isles, Islands of Samson and the Ducks, Leningrad, Little Britain, Macedonia, Muscat, Pleasant Island, Stalingrad, Tanganyika, West Britain, Yugoslavia and Zaire.

From the major political movements (the Leningrads and Stalingrads of the Socialist Soviet Republic) to enticing destinations (Pleasant Islands, the Friendly Isles), ‘Whatever Happened to Tanganyika?’ reveals how the atlas of yesteryear became the maps of today.


Harry Campbell is a freelance lexicographer, who used to work for Larousse and Harper Collins. He describes himself as an ‘armchair traveller and avid collector of maps’. Harry lives in Glasgow.



Alexander McCall Smith

"In this marvellous and intriguing book, Harry Campbell has created a whole

new discipline - one which we may perhaps call nostalgic geography"