Peter Perdue, "Teaching and Studying Environmental History in China"


Monday, December 3, 2012, 4:15pm

Teaching and Studying Environmental History in China
Peter Perdue,
Yale University

Peter Perdue will discuss pertinent themes of research for Chinese scholars of environmental history. Interest in environmental history is growing in China today, and it is becoming recognized as one of the most exciting new fields of historical research. Chinese scholars approach this field from a particular point of view, influenced by traditional historical geography. They are also eager for contact with foreign scholars. Professor Perdue will discuss the connections between academic historical study and current environmental activism in China.

Peter C. Perdue is professor of history at Yale University. He focuses on East Asian environmental and frontier history. He is the author of Exhausting the Earth: State and Peasant in Hunan, 1500-1850 A.D. (1987); China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia (2005); and he is coeditor of two books on empires: Imperial Formations (2007) and Shared Histories of Modernity: China, India, and the Ottoman Empire(2008). His new projects include a comparative study of Chinese frontiers, Eurasia in world history, and a global history of tea.

Location: CGIS South, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030), 1730 Cambridge St.