Published by Routledge
South Asia has developed from a group of newly independent post-Colonial states of at most secondary importance to the wider world to its current position as a region of central strategic importance to both global economic development and world peace and stability. This Atlas highlights the global significance of South Asia in relation to economic, geopolitical and strategic interests. It provides a coherent descriptive and analytical account of the key elements of the complex societies that make up the region and its component countries. Illustrated with 100 maps and offering concise entries on key issues, the book is structured thematically in these sections: * Global Context * The Geographical Environments * The Historical Evolution of South Asia * Key Issues in South Asia * Economy and Security Designed for use in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes and seminars in geography, history, economics, anthropology, international relations, political science and the environment as well as regional courses on the South Asia, this book is also a comprehensive reference source for libraries and decision makers focusing on South Asia.
Table of contents:
Part 1: Global Context Chapter 1. South Asia and the World Powers Chapter 2. South Asia and its Neighbours Chapter 3. Couth Asia in World trade Chapter 4. South Asia and the Islamic world Chapter 5. South Asian cultures Part 2: The Geographical environments Chapter 6. Plate tectonics Chapter 7. Relief Chapter 8. Climate Chapter 9. Water resources and hydrology Chapter 10. Natural vegetation and biodiversity Chapter 11. Resources - energy Chapter 12. Non-energy resources Part 3: The historical evolution of South Asia Chapter 13. Origins of Settlement Chapter 14. British and Princely India at Independence Chapter 15. Post-Independence boundaries and nation states Chapter 16. The challenge of governance in post-Independent South Asia Chapter 17. Independence - a new geopolitics Part 4: Key Issues in South Asia Chapter 18. Popular issues Chapter 19. Urbanisation and Slum housing Chapter 20. Birth and death rates Chapter 21. Major killer diseases Chapter 22. Literacy in South Asia Chapter 23. The borders of South Asia - the historical legacy Chapter 24. Disputed borders Chapter 25. South Asia's water resources Chapter 26. Transboundary water disputes in South Asia Chapter 27. Environmental challenges - natural disasters Chapter 28. Environmental challenges - air, water and soil Chapter 29. Climate change - the indicators Part 5: Governance and the economies of South Asia Chapter 30. Governance and the political framework Chapter 31. The economies of South Asia Chapter 32. National economic case studies Part 6: Defence and Security Chapter 33. National and regional security Chapter 34. Conflict and secession South Asia Conflict Map/ South ASIA Terrorism Portal Part 7: South Asia in the World Chapter 35. South Asia in a new world order? Chapter 35a. SAARC Chapter 35b. Asean Chapter 35c. South Asia and the Middle East Chapter 35d South Asia, the EU and OECD countries Chapter 35e South Asia and the BRIC countries Chapter 35f. South Asia, the UN and the Commonwealth Chapter 26. Future Issues for South Asia
Robert W. Bradnock is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London. Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in geography at King's College London and Senior Lecturer in Geography with Special reference to South Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published widely in the field of the political geography of South Asia and on urbanization, politics and agriculture in India.