Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

91 - Coping with Monsoon in China and India in the 19th and the 20th Century: Exploring a New Regional History Using a Database and Spatial Analysis

7/7/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Maple, Lower Ground Floor

The natural environment of the Asian region has two features related to water. One is the great influence of monsoons and seasonal rainfall. Another is that many regions in Asia are terrains surrounded by water systems, that is, part of the hydrosphere. Historically, the seasonal rainfalls shaped production, commerce, consumption there. Moreover, the crises such as droughts and floods critically undermined people’s well-being, even threaten their lives. To cope with monsoons, the technologies and the social organizations varied in the region even after the modern technologies were introduced in the 19th century.  What discerned their technological and social repertoire to deal with the seasonal rainfalls? What were their outcomes? By inquiring those questions comparatively about China and about India, this panel aims to explore the Asian regional history in terms of socioeconomic activities under the environmental conditions of monsoons and the hydrosphere. Although the previous studies have taken “monsoon Asia” as the static climatic zone, this panel pays a special attention to the actual climates of the sites studied in the papers. By constructing the meteorological database from the contemporary observations and then applying the spatial analysis to the data, we attempt to assess the scale and the degree of the impacts of the rainfalls. Combining new database and analytical methods with conventional archival and statistical analyses, this panel uncovers the interactions between the natural and the social landscapes of the modern Asia.

Presentations:

Tomoko Shiroyama

The University of Tokyo, Japan

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Sushila Narsimhan

University of Delhi, India

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