From the poverty and exploding population of Bangladesh to the dazzling technology and aging population of Japan, from the two most populous states of India and China to the tiny states of Singapore and the Maldives and to the emptiness of Siberia, Asia contains the greatest diversity of physical environments, cultures and levels of development of any of the continents.
Any discussion of the geography of Asia must recognize and understand the national patterns of change which have generated this diversity. The contributors to this study address the causes and consequences of these changes, examining the problems caused by change induced in the environment and highlighting the areas about which we need to learn more. They discuss shifts in demography, in levels of development, and in the political structures that frame policy.
Fully updated and illustrated with maps of the countries discussed, "The Changing Geography of Asia" presents a systematic review of twenty-five years of development, covering the physical, economic, social and political environments of contemporary Asia.
"This is a welcome addition to the geographical literature on Asia. It should be essential reading for any student studying this interesting and dynamic continent, as well as for those interested in development issues. It is indeed a fitting tribute to the achievements of the School of Oriental and African Studies since 1965."