China’s Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) saw a near tripling of population, from about 150 million to more than 400 million. There were no significant changes in technology or forms of energy used, but only more intensive use of existing technology and energy sources. That growth put a huge strain on natural resources, including water, soil and forests. What was the outcome for medium-term (decade-to-century scale) sustainability?

Join Professor Harrell this Wednesday, January 23, for a deeper discussion in Week 3 of the SEFS Seminar Series, “Suffer the Buffers: Population Growth and Resource Degradation in Pre-Modern China.”

The seminars, held in Anderson 223 on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., are open to all faculty, staff and students. Check out the rest of the seminar schedule for the Winter Quarter, and join us each week for a reception in the Forest Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Photo © Courtesy of Stevan Harrell.