Geography is the key that unlocks the door to the world’s wonders. There are, of course, many ways of viewing the world and its diverse physical and human features. In this series - MODERN WORLD CULTURES - the emphasis is on people and their cultures. As you step through the geographic door into the ten world cultures covered in this series, you will come to better know, understand, and appreciate the world’s mosaic of peoples and how they live. You will see how different peoples adapt to, use, and change their natural environments. And you will be amazed at the vast differences in thinking, doing, and living practiced around the world. The MODERN WORLD CULTURES series was developed in response to many requests from librarians and teachers throughout the United States and Canada.
South Asia is a region of breathtaking natural features, colourful and exotic cultural landscapes, and dynamic economic changes. It is a land of physical extremes, including the world’s highest and wettest spots. Culturally, few places in the world can match South Asia’s rich diversity in ways of life. Languages, religious beliefs, foods, and levels of human well-being vary greatly throughout the region.
Introduction Introducing South Asia Natural Landscapes Culture History Population and Settlement Culture and Society Political History Economy Regional Contrasts South Asia Looks Ahead History at a Glance