CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S153, Harvard University
Ling, Zhang, Workshop Organizer
Ling Zhang is assistant professor at Boston College. Zhang studies the environmental, economic, and political history of pre-modern China. Her current research interests focus on the environmental and ecological history of the Yellow River, and the comparative history of rivers in traditional agrarian societies in Asia. She has finished a book manuscript that is entitled The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental and Economic History of Hebei, 1048-1128.
CGIS South, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030), 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University
Greater than All of the Forces of Nature? Humans as Agents of China’s Environmental Change 5000-2000 Years Ago and Its Relevance for the Modern World T. R. Kidder, Washington University, St. Louis
Humans are the leading cause of environmental change today. The Anthropocene hypothesis suggests we now have a greater effect on the environment than all of the forces of nature. While the Anthropocene is often claimed to start ca. 1750 CE, evidence shows that these changes began considerably earlier in China. Using multiple lines of evidence from the Yellow River region, T. R. Kidder explore how early Chinese civilizations manipulated their environments and the ways these changes contributed to the collapse of Western Han. This analysis provides a perspective on contemporary environmental change in China and elsewhere. Read more about T. R. Kidder, "Greater than All of the Forces of Nature? Humans as Agents of China’s Environmental Change 5000-2000 Years Ago"
Climate Changes and Water Resources: The Case of Taiwan Ts’ui-jung Liu, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica
Water is essential to life and central to the welfare and sustainable development of society. The movement of the water cycle, also known as the hydraulic cycle, is sensitive to climate change. Ts’ui-jung Liu will give a general description of climatic conditions and water resources in Taiwan and then focus on climatic disasters caused by typhoons and droughts. Ts’ui-jung will discuss how people utilized water resources and produced wastewater, as well as controlled pollution, during these disasters. Read more about Ts'ui-jung Liu, "Climate Changes and Water Resources: The Case of Taiwan "