Sophomore Seminar


This course is a sophomore seminar in history; topics vary per semester. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. FRONTIERS & ENVIRONMENT IN MODERN CHINA -- This course delves into the intricate relationship between human activities and the dynamic environmental landscapes in China since the 17th century. From imperial expansions to present-day environmental dilemmas, our journey will unravel the environmental complexities faced by regions such as Manchuria, Xinjiang, Southwest China, and littoral areas. The course places a distinct emphasis on understanding how these border regions grapple with historical and contemporary environmental challenges. Starting with the rise of the Manchu-dominated Qing dynasty around the 1600s, we will investigate how China's frontiers extended far into Inner Asia, Southeast Asia, and maritime territories. The course will then delve into the environmental impact of these expansions, exploring issues such as resource management, deforestation, fisheries, and disease control. As we progress through the Republican and People's Republic of China (PRC) periods, we'll examine new interpretations of empire, the deployment of science and technology to aid frontier development in extreme environments, and the evolving ideas and policies regarding environmental sustainability in border regions.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM

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