THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FLAGS An illustrated guide to international flags, banners, standards and ensigns Alfred Znamierowski LORENZ BOOKS Throughout the ages flags have been a means of cultural and national identity, communication, and a means of representation for groups and associations. Compiled by a leading authority this book, newly updated for this large-format edition, is a definitive and exhaustive visual reference to international flags, from the largest countries to the smallest states. Split into two sections, the first part of the book presents a fascinating overview of the history of flags, from the 3rd century bc to the 21st century. The second section covers over 600 flags in current use, including a continent-by-continent examination of countries, territories, organizations, individuals and causes. Lavishly illustrated, this book is both a stunning reference book and an invaluable resource. Fascinating and compelling, it offers historical, geographical and political insights into one of our most ancient forms of identification and communication. Alfred Znamierowski is a leading figure in vexillology and one of the world's foremost flag artists. He runs the Polish Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology and continues to design flags.