Judith Shapiro’s latest book, Mao’s War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China (Cambridge University Press) describes how Mao's insistence that "Man Must Conquer Nature" supplanted the Chinese ideal of "harmony between heaven and humans," with dire consequences both for human beings and the natural environment. Told in part through the voices of average Chinese citizens and officials who lived through and participated in some of the destructive campaigns, the book shows how the abuse of people and the abuse of nature were often linked. Today, as human beings struggle to find a more harmonious relationship with the natural world, the book offers a cautionary tale with wide-ranging implications.
Professor Shapiro is co-author, with Liang Heng, of other well-known books on China, including Son of the Revolution (Knopf 1983), a memoir of the Cultural Revolution, After the Nightmare (Knopf 1987), an eyewitness account of China after Mao, and Cold Winds, Warm Winds (Wesleyan University Press 1987), a discussion of freedom of expression in the reform period. Her co-edited volumes include Debates on the Future of Communism (St. Martin’s) and A Handbook of Current Americanisms (Hunan Provincial Publishing House). She frequently reviews books for The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Professor Shapiro teaches a wide range of courses in environmental politics, including: the Washington Environmental Workshop, Global Environmental Politics in the Public Imagination, Environment and Politics, Contemplation and Political Change, From Maoism to Market-Leninism, and Cross-cultural Communication.
SIS 315 - Contemplation and Political Change
SIS 396 - Global Environmental Politics in the Public Imagination
SIS 596 - Environmental Security in Asia
SIS 663 - Washington Environmental Workshop
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