The Pattern of Asia

The Pattern of Asia

The Pattern of Asia

The Pattern of Asia

Excerpt

This is a preface to be read. It is to be read because it explains a number of things that will make this book more comprehensible and valuable.

The book is organized into six large sections of differing lengths. The first is a general introduction to Asia; the second is concerned with East Asia; the third with Southeast Asia; the fourth with South Asia; the fifth with Southwest Asia; the sixth with the Soviet Union. The first and sixth divisions are the shortest. The introduction sets the scene for the chapters that follow and should be read first. Sections two and three are subdivided into an introductory chapter and then a chapter on each country or groups of countries within East Asia and Southeast Asia, respectively. Sections four and five, covering South Asia and Southwest Asia, respectively, include several chapters dealing with the realm as a whole, followed by more detailed treatments of individual countries or groups of them. This is a more-or-less traditional system of organization.

The book, however, has a theme which makes it distinctive. It emphasizes the changing political and economic geography of Asia and attempts to illustrate the various problems and potentials of the countries of Asia. The purpose is to provide not merely a random description, but to point toward a more basic understanding of the processes of change which are radically transforming the Asian landscape.

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