By Charles F. Gritzner

ISBN-10: 0791092518

ISBN-13: 9780791092514

ISBN-10: 1438104855

ISBN-13: 9781438104850

Bangladesh, situated in south-central Asia, is the main densely populated kingdom on the planet. often called Bengal sooner than the British-led partition of India in 1947, Bangladesh fell lower than keep an eye on of Pakistan. It was once henceforth referred to as East Pakistan till 1971, whilst it accomplished independence, thank you mostly to assist from India. Bangladesh's panorama is ruled by way of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and sometimes stories big floods through the monsoon season simply because lots of the nation is at or close to sea point. ''Bangladesh'' bargains a wealth of useful details for these trying to study extra approximately this country's wealthy background and dramatic weather.

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Overpopulation has been defined in many ways. , social, political, technological, economic) and environmental conditions. As you can see, population is but one of many variables. Available land, for example, is extremely limited in Bangladesh, as are natural resources. On the other hand, in a traditional rural, subsistence, folk culture, people need and expect much less than their urban counterparts. Most Americans and Canadians, for example, need an automobile for mobility. No such need exists for a rural villager who has never traveled beyond the neighboring village a mile or two away.

A country’s age structure is also important. It tells us something about patterns and trends. For example, 35 percent of all Bangladeshis are under 15 years of age (compared to 21 percent in the United States and 18 percent in Canada). This suggests that just over one-third of the population will soon be entering its reproductive years, marrying, and starting a family. 1 53 051-063_MWN-BANG_05 54 1/26/07 3:45 PM Page 54 Bangladesh One of the biggest ongoing problems in Bangladesh is malnutrition, especially among the country’s youth.

While floods, famine, and cyclones can strike unpredictably and devastate sections of the low-lying country, the human spirit of independence and a search for freedom remain very much alive. 051-063_MWN-BANG_05 1/26/07 3:45 PM Page 51 5 People and Culture H ave you ever seen a photograph—perhaps in a textbook, promotional literature for a foundation that attempts to address the growing global population problem, or in the media—that shows a city street with elbow-to-elbow people? Odds are it was taken in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital and largest city.

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