Progress in Chinese historical geography in the 20th Century
Ge Quansheng 1, He Fanneng 1, Zheng Jingyun 1 , Man Zhimin 2, Fang Xiuqi 3(1. Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research,CAS, Beijing, 100101; 2. Institute of Chinese Historical Geography, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433; 3. Department of Resources and Environment Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing ,100875 )
To discuss the future contribution of Chinese historical geography to the international researches on global changes and sustainable development, the article reviews some achievements of Chinese historical geography in 20th century briefly, according to the development in relative fields in recent 50 years. These fields include: the research on historical administrative territories and boundaries and the compilation of historical maps; historical climate and natural disasters; historical land-surface processes; the origin and development of Chinese civilization; the regional integration and historical events; historical human-environment relations and adaptation patterns; the accumulation of fundamental data and the application of new technologies. Beside the achievements above, an unique methodology has been developed, and a comprehensive discipline system has been constructed. Meanwhile, generations of successors and leading researchers for the subject have been brought up.