Class Restriction And Registration Summary
HIST 30122 - Section 01: The Early Modern Climate (CRN 19984)
Long Title: The Early Modern Climate: Did Japan Thrive While the World Died?
This course sweeps the globe, focusing on the relationship between political upheaval and climate change especially during the seventeenth century "Little Ice Age." As average temperatures cooled 1C, famine, war, and chaos followed. In his magisterial Global Crisis, Geoffrey Parker argues that "perhaps one-third of the human population died." But not in Japan. Japan knew peace, prosperity, and even a growing population. This course will consider three issues: (1) why has it taken so long for historians to include environmental factors in their analyses of political and social upheavals, (2) what allowed Japan to weather the dire conditions of the seventeenth century while the rest of the northern hemisphere was in crisis, and (3) are there any lessons to be learned from this earlier period as we consider our current, more radical climate change. We will read Parker, his critics, and examine how his argument plays out in Europe, The Ottoman Empire, China, India, Indonesia, and, of course, Japan.
Associated Term: Fall Semester 2016
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) , St. Mary's College (SM) , Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) , Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
ENST - Energy Studies , HCT1 -HIST Cat 1:AF/AS/ME , HCT6 -HIST Cat 6: Special , HIST - old Core History , SUS2 - Impacts , ZTST - Final exam