HS 390 China Regionalized: Environment, History & Culture (Fall: 3)

Prerequisite: Any two semesters of HS 001 through HS 094
Offered Periodically
Fulfills the Non-Western Requirement for History Majors
Do Beijing and Shanghai look the same to you? Why do Sichuan (Sze-chuan) people eat spicy food whereas those in the southeast prefer sweet? How different is living in wooden buildings in Jiangnan's watery towns from maintaining the cave dwelling on the semi-arid Loess Plateau? What prompted capitals of Chinese dynasties to move from the northwest to the eastern plains? All these questions speak to our fundamental curiosity: are we talking about a homogeneous China? Obviously not. This course explores the historical formation and transition of environmental, economic, social, and cultural diversities in a highly regionalized China.
Ling Zhang

Last Updated: 12-MAR-13