A brief introduction to the work of Danish Professor Niels Steensgaard on the occasion of the 40 year anniversary of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS).
The work of Professor Niels Steensgaard (b. 1932) is probably the best Nordic contribution to the history of Asia, although his work is not widely known. His name has no more than two hits in the Library of Congress online catalogue, and he has published in strange places. You will search in vain for his CV or biography on the World Wide Web. Steensgaard’s work is for the connoisseur. Where to look? If you read Danish, go first to Den store danske encyclopædi and open your mind to Steensgaard’s four-page history of ‘Asia’. It is a model of how to condense a wideranging account of a long time span.