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The Himalayas

An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture

by Andrew J. Hund and James A. Wren, Editors


The Himalayas is hardly populated by a unified or singular group in the region, but rather is home to a range of peoples and cultures whose individual characteristics define the area where they live.

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June 2018


Pages 326
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Physical Geography and Environment

A thorough and detailed resource that describes the history, culture, and geography of the Himalayan region, providing an indispensable reference work to both general readers and seasoned scholars in the field.

The Himalayas: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture serves as a convenient and authoritative reference for anyone exploring the region and seeking to better understand the history, events, peoples, and geopolitical details of this unique area of the world. It explores the geography and details of the demographics, discusses relevant historical events, and addresses socioeconomic movements, political intrigues and controversies, and cultural details as to give an overarching impression of the region as a coherent and cohesive whole. Readers will come away with a vastly heightened understanding of the geographical region we recognize as the Himalayas, and grasp the issues of geography, history, and culture that are central to contemporary understandings of the human culture in the region.

The alphabetically arranged and succinct entries provide easy access to detailed, authoritative information. Additionally, sidebars throughout the book relate compelling facts that point readers to new and interesting avenues of exploration. The volume also includes a chronological overview of the region, ten primary source documents, and a comprehensive bibliography of supporting works.


  • Presents invaluable insights into the dynamics that have shaped the Himalayan region over human history
  • Provides a context for understanding the importance of the region to a larger understanding of globalization and key related issues we must currently deal with, including but not limited to climate change, border disputes, and economic and political migrations
  • Offers a balanced understanding of major socio-political issues that affect the region
  • Supplies a detailed and rich description of the region in a single volume that serves readers who need immediate answers to questions as well as those seeking a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the region
Author Info

Andrew J. Hund, PhD, was professor of sociology at the United Arab Emirates University. He attended the University of Alaska, where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology and Russian history, earned his master's degree in sociology at Humboldt State University, and received his doctorate in sociology from Case Western Reserve University.

James A. Wren, PhD, retired as professor of Asian and comparative literature from San Jose State University. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington; his DPhil in modern Japanese literature and culture from Niigata University, Japan; and his DSc in immunogenetics from the Chinese University of Mining and Technology, China.



"The power of the Himalayas to draw those seeking adventure, peace, salvation, and solace is aptly showcased in this work. Recommended for the general reader."Booklist Online

"This very readable volume with its attention to issues of identity, gender, race, and class fills a distinct gap in the reference literature on the Himalayan region. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty."Choice

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