Historical Climate Change in the Jiāngnán Region in the Late Míng and Early Qīng Periods
This PhD project looks into how the climate changes in the late Míng and early Qīng periods influenced the historical development in the Jiāngnán region, a key region of China.
PhD Fellow Erling H. Agøy
The complete working title of the project is "Historical Climate Change in the Jiāngnán Region in the Late Míng and Early Qīng periods (1600-1700): Perceptions, Effects and Adaptation".
Here, I will look into how the climate changes in this period influenced the historical development in a key region of China (the area around modern Shanghai), and how they were perceived and dealt with in contemporary society. This I hope will also have relevance for today's situation, as the same region is threatened by the climate changes going on today.
The period from about 1600-1720 was a cold period in China, which have been connected to a global period of crisis in the 17th century. The region I will study was at the time the economically and culturally most advanced region in China, and have remained an important region until today.
I approach this topic from a humanist perspective. My sources will be contemporary writings, such as local gazetteers, histories and official documents. Within these texts I will search out and analyse vocabulary related to changes in the local environment, especially related to agriculture, as well as social developments that can be related to climate changes.