The languages, countries and cultures studied at Soas encompass more than two-thirds of the world's population, more than half its sovereign states, and
the majority of its principal civilisations.
These are vital and growing areas of study and research, quite apart from the obvious political importance to this country of the world to the south and east of Europe.
We cannot retreat into our comfortable European shell and ignore the world's diverse languages and cultures, any more than we can ignore its now fashionable biodiversity.
J. R. BAINES
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