Countries That I Used To Know
‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. – Mahatma Gandhi
If you are looking for missing countries from the maps of your school days, here is a list of all the names. Countries have split apart, gotten back together, gained/lost independence or just didn’t like their names. How do we understand our place in the world if we don’t know about other places? Americans typically score very low in geographic literacy. What happens in the world is connected to where it happens in the world. We are supposed to be a “global village.” We should know the correct name of our neighbors and be interested in why they changed them.
. Used to Be Now
Ceylon Sri Lanka
Czechoslovakia Czech Republic, Slovakia
Southwest Africa Namibia
French Somaliland Djibouti
Tanganyika and Zanzibar Tanzania
French Sudan Mali.
Zaire Democratic Republic of Congo
The Gold Coast Ghana
Dutch Guiana Surinam
East Pakistan Bangladesh
Western Samoa Samoa
East Germany and West Germany Germany
North Yemen and South Yemen Yemen
North Viet Nam and South Viet Nam Viet Nam
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
Yugoslavia Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia
Tibet Xizang Autonomous Region Of China
We can’t afford not to pay attention to the world anymore. We have to change the story.