hinterlands

Hinterland means a rural area surrounding the urban catchment of large cities or agglomerations. It is characterized by a less dense population and infrastructure

In German this word sometimes also describes the part of a country where there are only a few people and where the infrastructure is underdeveloped; although Provinz (equal to “province”) is more common. The direct analogy in English is “backcountry” or “the countryside”.

A further sense in which the term is commonly applied, is in talking about an individual’s depth and breadth of knowledge of other matters (or lack thereof), specifically of cultural, academic, artistic, literary and scientific pursuits. For instance, one could say, “X has a vast hinterland”, or “Y has no hinterland”.

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