Willem (“Wim”) van Spengen (1949 – 2013) was a cultural geographer who served as a Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam from 1985 to 2003. A leading figure in scholarship of Tibetan geography, socioeconomics, and history, van Spengen authored the seminal study Tibetan Border Worlds: A Geohistorical Analysis of Trade and Traders (2000). Wim’s life and work is discussed in the Obituaries section of the journal.
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van Spengen, Willem. 2014. Beyond Annapurna or How to Interpret Success in Himalayan Trade. HIMALAYA 33(1).
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