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 80 maps and offering concise entries on key issues, the book is structured thematically in these sections: South Asia in Global Context The Geographical Environment The Historical Evolution of Modern South Asia Key Issues in Contemporary South Asia The Economy Defence and Security South Asia, its Neighbours and the World. 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 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 1. S Asia and the World powers 2. South Asia and its neighbours 3. South in World trade 4. S Asia and the Islamic world 5. World trading Part 2: The Geographical environment 6. Plate tectonics 7. Relief 8. Climate 9. Hydrology 10. Ecology and biodiversity Part 3: The historical evolution of South Asia 11. Origins of settlement 12. Pre-Colonial empires 13. The Age of European expansion 14. South Asia at Independence 15. PostColonial transformations 16. Religion and ethnicity 17. Language Part 4: Key issues in South Asia 18. Population growth 19. South Asia in demographic transition 20. Health 21. Education and literacy 22. Urbanisation - challenges of the present and future 23. Boundaries 24. Boundaries in dispute Part 5: The economies of South Asia 25. Macro-Economic developments 26. Agriculture 27. Industry and infrastructure 28. Energy and power 29. Trade and Balance of payments 30. Sport and recreation 31. Poverty and poverty alleviation Part 6: Defence and Security 32. Sub-national conflict and secession 33. National defence capabilities 34. Nuclear and Conventional Weapons 35. Future power projection and strategic goals Part 7: South Asia and neighbours 36. The South Asian region and the world 37. South Asia and the major powers 38. SAARC 39. ASEAN 40. South Asia and the UN
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.