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HIST 4044 The Environmental History of China (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

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.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ling Zhang

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 03-Apr-14