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The name given to us at birth often has significance and a story behind it. It’s the same for places around the globe – and that’s what Duncan Madden explores in Found in Translation: The Unexpected Origins of Place Names. Take a journey through history and explore the invasions, rebellions, cultures and religions behind the frequently bizarre and often humorous derivations of country names. Read more here.

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