HIST 4044 The Environmental History of China (Spring: 3 )
Do Beijing and Shanghai look the same to you? Why do Sichuan (Sze-chuan) people eat spicy food whereas those in the southeast prefer sweet? How different is living in wooden buildings in Jiangnan's watery towns from maintaining the cave dwelling on the semi-arid Loess Plateau? What prompted capitals of Chinese dynasties to move from the northwest to the eastern plains? All these questions speak to our fundamental curiosity: are we talking about a homogeneous China? Obviously not. This course explores the historical formation and transition of environmental, economic, social, and cultural diversities in a highly regionalized China.
Instructor(s): Ling Zhang
Last Updated: 03-Apr-14