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HIST 2044 Chinese Environmental History (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Environmental degradation in contemporary China has attracted widespread attention. To understand China's environmental dilemmas, this course investigates key topics in Chinese environmental history over the last two millennia. The course begins with a broad survey of environmental problems in contemporary China. It then explores Chinese ideas and thoughts about the relationship between nature and human beings. It finally journeys back to pre-modern China to look at the historical roots of many environmental problems. The course focuses on several regional cases, and examines how different parts of China developed different relations with their environments and different strategies in dealing with them.


Instructor(s): Ling Zhang

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the Non-Western Requirement for History Majors


Last Updated: 19-Feb-16