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Use a map key to locate the countries and major cities in Central and South Asia.
The countries and capitals of Central Asia*:
The countries and capitals of South Asia*:
India (New Delhi)
Sri Lanka (Colombo)
*According to the United Nations. As stated below, the definitions can change from source to source.
Map to the right and others are from the
University of Texas Libraries
This map to the left is how the UN defines the regions of Asia.
Central Asia is a region of
from the Caspian Sea in the west to central China in the east, and from southern Russia in the north to northern India in the south.
Though various definitions of its exact composition exist, no one definition is universally accepted.
Despite this uncertainty in defining borders, it does have some important overall characteristics.
For one, Central Asia has historically been closely tied to its
peoples and the
As a result, it has acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between
For more on the Silk Road, see
AP World History Key Concept 2.3
AP World History Key Concept 3.1
This region is also sometimes known as
, and is within the scope of the wider
Central Asia is largely coextensive with
In modern context, Central Asia consists of the five former
. The nations of
may also be included in Central Asia, in addition to the western Chinese provinces of
. A small portion of Kazakhstan is also located west of the Urals in Eastern Europe.
City Country Population
Also known as
, is a
, comprising the sub-Himalayan countries and the regions on their west and, for some authorities (see below), on the east as well. It is surrounded (clockwise, from
Major Cities in South Asia
City Country Population
Ho Chi Minh City
The building of People's Committee and a statue of Ho Chi Minh in Ho Chi MInh City, Vietnam
from the British Museum.
For more on Indian History to 1800, see World History
for lesson plans on Central Asia designed for 6th graders.
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