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ERIC Number: ED135724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
What Is Inner Asia? Teaching Aids for the Study of Inner Asia, No. 1.
Sinor, Denis
This pamphlet is the first of a series aimed at helping college and high school teachers incorporate facts pertaining to Inner Asia into their courses. Written in a narrative style, the pamphlet defines Inner Asia as a "cultural concept," part of the Eurasian continent lying outside the boundaries of Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Its climate, which is colder and drier than that of surrounding countries, does not favor agriculture. Of its four natural vegetation regions (tundra, forest, desert, steppe), the steppe has provided most of Inner Asia's useful resources and a link to contact with other civilizations. Hardy Inner Asian horses allowed the natives to develop superior war-faring cavalries and military strength. The Mongolian area of the steppe belt was a convenient base for attacks on China. Within Inner Asia political unity was never complete, although communication and travel between the vegetation regions was not difficult. Personal nomadism and limited production of its most important commodity, the horse, made Inner Asia politically weak in the pre-modern age. Native groups living near its boundaries often were converted to the more "civilized" ways of neighboring countries. The author points out that "civilized" and "barbarian" are subjective terms relative to the cultures which use them. An annotated bibliography of 17 books is included. (AV)
Asian Studies Research Institute, Goodbody Hall 101, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($1.00 paperbound)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: Association for Asian Studies, Ann Arbor, MI.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Asian Studies Research Inst.
Note: For related documents, see SO 009 856-858