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Empire and Environment in the Making of Manchuria

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.

Table of Contents

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

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