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Toward Environmental Studies of Cold-War Asia and Our Terrestrial Future

Date and Time: 
Friday, May 31, 2019. 04:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Cold War In Asia: Culture, Technology, History
Meeting Description: 

American Cold War warriors not only sought to win the “hearts and minds” of Asians but also to make their bellies full, launching what they called the Green Revolution. Behind the familiar story of American attempts to increase rice and wheat production in Asia, however, there was another important war going on, a fierce international competition among fertilizer producers over the Asian market. By examining this little known nitrogen battle, this talk critically intervenes in the U.S.-centered studies of Cold War Asia, while connecting Cold War Asia to terrestrial issues of our future.

Hiromi Mizuno is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Science for the Empire: Scientific Nationalism in Modern Japan (2009).

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