Empire and Environment in the Making of Manchuria

9780774832892: Hardback
Release Date: 1st February 2017

9780774832908: Paperback
Release Date: 1st February 2018

9780774832922: EPUB
Release Date: 10th February 2017

9780774832915: PDF
Release Date: 10th February 2017

22 photographs, 4 maps

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 316

Series Contemporary Chinese Studies

UBC Press

Empire and Environment in the Making of Manchuria

Edited by
Norman Smith
This unique analysis of Manchuria’s environmental history provides an overview of the climatic and imperialist forces that have shaped an area of ongoing geopolitical importance.
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For centuries, some of the world’s largest empires fought for sovereignty over the resources of Northeast Asia. This compelling analysis of the region’s environmental history examines the interplay of climate and competing imperial interests in a vibrant – and violent – cultural narrative. Families that settled this borderland reaped its riches while at the mercy of an unforgiving and hotly contested landscape. As China’s strength as a world leader continues to grow, this volume invites exploration of the indelible links between empire and environment – and shows how the geopolitical future of this global economic powerhouse is rooted in its past.

Introduction / Norman Smith

1 Manchuria: History and Environment / Diana Lary

2 Rival Empires on the Hunt for Sable and Tribal in Seventeenth-Century Manchuria / David A. Bello

3 Inclement Weather and Human Error: Impediments to the Tribute System in Qing Manchuria / Loretta E. Kim

4 Producing Full-Fat Controversy: The Politicization of Dairy Production in Post-Colonial North Manchuria, 1924–30 / Blaine Chiasson

5 “Hibernate No More!”: Winter, Health, and the Great Outdoors / Norman Smith

6 Constructing a Rural Utopia: Propaganda Images of Japanese Settlers in Northern Manchuria, 1936-43 / Annika A. Culver

7 The Garden of Grand Vision: Slums, Deviance, and Control in Manchukuo, 1940-41 / Kathryn Meyer

8 Salvaging Memories: Former Japanese Colonists in Manchuria and the Shimoina Project, 2001-12 / Ronald Suleski

9 Exile to Manchuria: Stories in the Qing and the PRC / Wang Ning

10 “War against the Earth”: Military Farming in Communist Manchuria, 1949-75 / Sun Xiaoping

Norman Smith is a professor of history at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Intoxicating Manchuria: Alcohol, Opium, and Culture in China’s Northeast and Resisting Manchukuo: Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation, which was awarded the Canadian Women’s Studies Association 2008 Book Prize.

Contributors: David A. Bello, Blaine Chiasson, Annika A. Culver, Loretta E. Kim, Diana Lary, Kathryn Meyer, Wang Ning, Norman Smith, Ronald Suleski, and Sun Xiaoping.