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Lecture: The Age of Nitrogen--Agricultural Modernization and Japan by Hiromi Mizuno (University of Minnesota)

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
EALC and CEAPS
Location
Lucy Ellis Lounge - 1080 Foreign Languages Building (707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana)
Date
Apr 20, 2018   12:00 - 1:30 pm  
Contact
Sroka, Lenore I
E-Mail
lsroka@illinois.edu
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It is well known that Japan industrialized and joined the ranks of the world’s colonial powers in the early 20th century, but how it fed its fast growing population and its industrial sector is little told or studied. Nitrogen is an integral element of that story. From dried fish in Hokkaido to soybean cakes in Manchuria to chemical fertilizer in colonial Korea, Japan's search for nitrogen too played a crucial role in Japan's modernization and colonial expansion. This talk is an environmental history of soil and agriculture and provides a new perspective on Japan's modernization in the 20th century.

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