272 pages, Figs, tabs, maps
Squeezed between powerful neighbours, for decades Mongolia played the role of buffer state. Its full independence in 1990 offered new opportunities for both economic growth and the restoration of Mongolian identity. But with a huge land area, poor infrastructure and a small population, the new republic is highly vulnerable and also dependent on international support. This book provides easily accessible information for developers, planners, consultants, scholars, students and others with an interest in contemporary Mongolia. Prefaced by a general overview of the land and society, its chapters, all written by international experts, cover a wide range of topics, including foreign policy, domestic politics, local government structure, living standards and poverty, women in society, grassland management, the common herding household, and science and technology policy. A comprehensive bibliography is provided. A Danish anthropologist with extensive experience of China and Mongolia, Ole Bruun is associate professor at Copenhagen University. Formerly First Secretary at the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing, where he was in charge of the provision of development aid to Mongolia, Dr. Odgaard is now section head at DANIDA.
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