The Asian Political Dictionary

The Asian Political Dictionary

The Asian Political Dictionary

The Asian Political Dictionary

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Asia's diversity, its vastness and complexity, can never be captured in a single volume. That was not our objective. Indeed, our task was more modest. When we launched upon this assignment, it was with the thought that only the essential facts of contemporary Asian politics, government and foreign relations could be collected between the covers of a single book. Our assumption was based upon the satisfactory completion of other volumes in this series that focus attention on Africa, Latin America, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. Moreover, one of us had earlier authored the Middle East Political Dictionary, and that experience reinforced our belief that an Asian political dictionary was not only possible, but necessary. We therefore immersed ourselves in this project, and the present volume is the result of our joint labor.

The Asian Political Dictionary includes twenty-seven countries and territories, spreading from South, to Southeast, to East Asia; from India and Pakistan through Indonesia, northward to China and Japan. Attention also has been given the Indian Ocean, and as a consequence, several island nations in that expansive southern sea have been added.

Like the other volumes in the series, The Asian Political Dictionary is divided into chapters. Each chapter groups related and comparative subject matter. The subjects or entries in each chapter are arranged alphabetically to facilitate retrieval. Each entry is divided into two parts: the first part is essentially descriptive; and the second part is primarily, but not exclusively, analytical. The book's design establishes limits for the number of possible entries. Therefore many entries will include materials and data that may not be headlined, but nevertheless represent additional items. These may be considered subsumed entries, or entries within entries. In effect, the student of political Asia will find far more than the approximately three hundred entries that form the overall outline of this book. Use of the country index found in the front matter of the volume and the general index in the back of the book will enable the reader to find these data.

The book is called a political dictionary, not an encyclopedia, because we believe the latter would be far more detailed. Although a single volume on Asia can never be judged comprehensive, The Asian Political Dictionary . . .

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