Nations, like individuals, do not exist in isolation. They operate in an environment, as a plant is in the air and the soil. Japan is a single unit, and a very small one at that, of the immense Monsoon Realm of eastern and southeastern Asia, one of the most distinctive and most important of the earths large geographic subdivisions. It is in the geographical, political, social, and economic climate of this Oriental realm that Japan has developed, and by which she has been greatly influenced. The Monsoon Realm occupies the hilly borderlands of eastern and southeastern Asia from Manchuria and maritime Siberia on the north to India on the south and west. Between these pole areas lie Japan, Korea, China, French Indo-China, Thailand, Burma, Malaya, and the large island groups of the Philippines and the East Indies. On its inner borders the Monsoon Realm is terminated by the great mountain masses and lofty plateaus which form the highland core of the continent. The 5,000-foot contour has been suggested as the regions approximate boundary on the land side. Essentially it is a hilly land in which slopes predominate and low level land is at a minimum. With one important exception, the Manchurian Plain, its lowlands are all plains of river deposition. They are, therefore, alluvial floodplains and deltas whose surfaces are essentially flat and hence easy to irrigate.
Partially offsetting the handicap of rough terrain is the fact that south-eastern Asia is a humid land with relatively abundant rainfall, which greatly enhances its capacity for production. The seasonal winds, known as monsoons, which are most perfectly developed in eastern and southern Asia, are one of the important unifying bonds of the realm. In summer these monsoon winds blow from over warm tropical and subtropical seas into the heated continent, bringing with them an abundance of moisture which falls as rain. In winter, on the other hand, cold, dry winds of land origin blow from the colder continent toward the warmer seas. Over most of southeastern Asia these winter monsoons yield little rain. The result is a region with a marked seasonal rhythm in precipitation, a land of winter drought and summer rains. In general the monsoon rains penetrate the continent for several hundred up to a thousand miles. Beyond that are the dry lands of inner Asia, the land of the pastoral nomads. The 20-inch rainfall line may also be taken as a fairly satisfactory boundary of the landward limits of the Monsoon Realm.
PUBLISHER..... UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS, 1947.
DUSTJACKET CONDITION..... N/A.
BOOK CONDITION...... GILT AND RED ON BLUE CLOTH.
FINGERWEAR TO TOP AND BOTTOM OF SPINE, CORNERS BUMPED. EDGEWEAR ALL EDGES WITH LIGHT COLOUR LOSS. INTERNALLY CLEAN AND BRIGHT.