A major single-volume reference to southern Asia. For the seven countries, contains information on history (pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial), geography, climate, demography, politics and foreign relations, economy and development, education, health, laws, language, art, traditions, and life styles. Includes many photographs, reproductions of art, maps, and charts. A short glossary does not indicate pronunciation. The jacket cover has a shorter title, ending after Sri Lanka. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.