HIST 1610: East Asian Environments: China, Japan, Korea





The future is not what it used to be. Nowhere is this more evident than in the natural world, where limate change and fading biodiversity, energy anxieties, and environmental disasters have underminded the bedrock of history: the assumption of a stable continuity between past, present, and future. This class visits East Asia - China, Japan, and the Koreas, vibrant economies and agents of historical change, to explore the transformation of the natural world in modern times. We will analyze nuclear power plants and cruise rivers, explore industrial ruins and debate public policy as we define Asia's role in the global environmental future.