Economic Geography of Asia

Economic Geography of Asia

Economic Geography of Asia

Economic Geography of Asia

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The geography of a continent as large as Asia could not be treated completely within the page-limit of an average college text. Such study would involve a number of volumes. Thus the author has confined his material mainly to the economic geography of this extensive land mass. Moreover, the book is a frame or structure in which more detailed information on the economic geography of Asia may find a proper setting.

The Economic Geography of Asia is a contribution toward the understanding of the various countries of Asia, their economic-geographic regions, their major commodities, their industries and commerce. It has been the constant aim of the author properly to evaluate major occupations in the various parts of Asia, and to give a reasoned account of the economic adjustments to the environment rather than the traditional enumeration of facts. Any interpretation of the economic geography of the various parts of this major land mass must be based upon adequate knowledge of space relationships, climate, relief, and natural resources. In addition, political, racial, and social factors have a direct and significant hearing upon industrial and commercial activities.

Most of the written materials as well as graphs and maps used in this text have been worked out from basic sources, such as census reports, commercial reports, commercial yearbooks, and economic and geographic surveys, as well as from geological and meteorological records. A great quantity of general information on Asia has appeared from time to time in various of the geographical publications, such as the Geographical Review, Economic Geography, The Journal of Geography, The Geographical Journal, The Bulletin of the Philadelphia Geographical Society, and The National Geographic Magazine . . .

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