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South Asia

South Asia. EU and Morocco Review of North Africa & SW Asia Questions South Asia Scope and Features Major Qualities. THE REALM. Five Regions India Pakistan Bangladesh Mountainous North Southern Islands. Major Geographic Qualities of South Asia. Well defined physiographically

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South Asia

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  1. South Asia • EU and Morocco • Review of North Africa & SW Asia • Questions • South Asia • Scope and Features • Major Qualities

  2. THE REALM Five Regions • India • Pakistan • Bangladesh • Mountainous North • Southern Islands

  3. Major Geographic Qualities of South Asia • Well defined physiographically • Monsoon climate • The world’s second largest population cluster • 1.4 billion • Grinding poverty • 22% of world’s population, 3% of land area • Population concentrated in villages • North Indian Plain – Uttar Pradesh • British colonial legacy, India, a federal state • Religion and nationalism • Boundary issues • Kashmir


  5. Aw: The World’s monsoon climates

  6. MONSOONS • Monsoon • India is the ‘textbook example’ • 50% of arable land irrigated by monsoon • Over half world’s population is in monsoonal regions • It is a wind, not the rain • Seasonal reversal of winds • General onshore movement in summer • General offshore flow in winter

  7. Monsoons

  8. Impact of the Monsoon • Regional variation • Vital to rice production in India • But: • Widespread flooding and property damage • Transportation • Housing • Erosion and destruction of agricultural land • Disease • Malnutrition • Death • Impact exacerbated by deforestation

  9. Culture • Religion • Islam is dominant in Pakistan and Bangladesh. • But 150 million Muslims in India • Hinduism is dominant in India. • Sikhism in northern India, Punjab • Buddhism is dominant in Sri Lanka.

  10. Culture Hearth: The Indus River • Early agriculture & hydraulic civilizations • Arts and trade routes emerged from isolated tribes and villages to towns and beyond. • Hinduism emerged from the beliefs and practices brought to India by the Indo-Europeans c. 600 BC • Buddhism – Prince Siddhartha 300 BC • Diffusion of Islam 700-1600 CE

  11. Two more Early Culture Hearths



  14. The world’s oldest religion Culture hearth of the Indus River Valley Diffused south and east down the Ganges HINDUISM

  15. HINDUISM • Intricate web of religious, philosophical, social, economic, and artistic elements • No common creed • No single doctrine • No direct divine revelation • No rigid narrow moral code • Caste system: rigid social stratification

  16. Colonial Transformation 1 • East India Company – 1599 • Benefits from factionalization • Warring principalities • Islam-Hinduism-Buddhism • Drives out French, Dutch and Spanish rivals • Indian Mutiny (Sepoy Rebellion) of 1856 • British Viceroy assumes control 1857-1947

  17. Colonial Transformation 2 • Benefits of Colonial Era • British civil service and public administration • Centralization of political control of rival states • Railway network • Irrigation canal network • Discouraged suttee, infanticide, child marriage • Costs of colonial era • Dependency and indignity • Resources extracted for Britain’s benefit • Independence and partition, 1947

  18. PARTITION AND ISLAM Independence and Partition 15 million refugees

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