Nair, Kusum
January 1958
Foreign Affairs;Jan1958, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p330
Academic Journal
This article traces the economic, political, and social civilization of China and Russia to India's geography. From earliest times, great caravans of trade, tides of culture, and sometimes waves of conquest passed through Ladakh and its capital, Leh, as part of a more or less continuous intercourse between India and Central Asia. With Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India in 1498, the centers of power shifted to the maritime countries of Europe and trade found new and cheaper routes across the oceans. Then in the twentieth century, three empire builders are established in Central Asia: Great Britain, Russia, and China. Of the three, Great Britain has withdrawn totally, and both the Russians and the Chinese are still there, firmly installed and consolidated. China, formerly the weak third, is now a Communist Power and rapidly becoming modernized.


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