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Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania, 2-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Barbara A. West, Ph.D.
  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 X 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816071098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7109-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $175.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 305
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1040


Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania is a two-volume A-to-Z reference to the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region east of the Caspian Sea, not including the countries of the Middle East. More than 400 entries cover the major peoples that for a time maintained a cultural identity in the area—from ancient to modern times—describing their history, migration, culture, belief system, social organization, and relationship to other peoples. This accessible resource makes it easy for students to find not only entries on the Han and Jurchens but also on "Chinese: nationality," describing who they are today with cross-references to the various ancestral peoples.

Entries on all large or well-known groups include information on their geography, origins, languages, history, and culture. Subsections cover such topics as subsistence, religion, social and political structures, economy, government, military practices, dwellings and architecture, clothing, transportation, technology, art, music, and literature. The back matter includes a chronology, bibliography, and comprehensive index, as well as several appendixes with useful background information on topics such as kinship systems, religious systems, and subsistence systems.

Entries include:

  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Acehnese
  • Armenians
  • Armenians: nationality
  • Bactrians
  • Bengalis
  • Dravidians
  • Durranis
  • East Timorese: nationality
  • Fijians, Indigenous
  • Filipino Muslims
  • Han
  • Harappans
  • Hawaiians
  • Hmong
  • Indo-Aryans
  • Indo-Fijians
  • Indonesians: nationality
  • Japanese
  • Kiribatese: nationality
  • Kyrgyz
  • Maldivians: nationality
  • Manchus
  • Micronesians
  • Other Backward Classes (OBC)
  • Persians, Sassanids
  • Polynesians
  • Punjabis
  • Rapanui
  • Rroma
  • Russians, Asian
  • Samoans: nationality
  • Scheduled Castes
  • Scheduled Tribes
  • Scythians
  • Taiwanese: nationality
  • Tajiks
  • Turkmenistanis: nationality
  • Uighur
  • Uzbekistanis: nationality
  • Vietnamese
  • Yangshao culture
  • Zhuang.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. Timelines. Sidebars. Fact sheets. Further reading. In two volumes.

About the Author(s)

Barbara A. West obtained a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Rochester, New York. A former associate professor of international studies and anthropology and managing editor of The Anthropology of East Europe Review, she is the author of The Danger Is Everywhere! The Insecurity of Transition in Postsocialist Hungary and various entries in The Encyclopedia of Anthropology.

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