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HIST 331 Asian Environmental History (4)

This course explores East Asian history through environmental perspectives, interrogating the relationship between humans and the natural environment as mediated by state and social institutions. It covers both the pre-modern and the modern periods, focusing on discrete case studies relating to different East Asian states. We explore the intersections of ecological history with social and economic development as well as examine the role of the state with respect to both regulating and exploiting natural and human resources. We also consider the philosophical and cultural factors which distinguish the Asian historical experience of environmental management.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: McCaffrey

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