Marks, Robert B. 1949-

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Marks, Robert B. 1949-


Born June 8, 1949, in Rhinelander, WI; son of Robert Millard (a gas station operator) and Evelyn (a homemaker) Marks; married Joyce P. Kaufman (a political scientist), July 2, 1994; children: Robert C. Education: University of Wisconsin—Madison, B.A., 1971, M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1978. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, biking, skiing, tennis, home restoration.


Home—Whittier, CA. Office—Department of History, Whittier College, P.O. Box 634, Whittier, CA 90608. E-mail—[email protected]


Whittier College, Whittier, CA, professor of history, 1978—, vice president for academic affairs, 1986-92. Critical Asian Studies, member of board of directors; member of editorial board, Environmental History, Environment and History, and Nature and Culture.


Association for Asian Studies, American Society for Environmental History, World History Association, American Historical Association.


Graves Award in Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, 1986; Aldo Leopold Prize, American Society for Environmental History, 1995, for a journal article; National Endowment for the Humanities, grant, 1991, fellowships, 1992, 2000, 2007; Fulbright-Hayes fellowship, 1975.


Rural Revolution in South China: Peasants and the Making of History in Haifeng County, 1570-1930, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1984.

(With Robert Strayer and others) The Making of the Modern World: Connected Histories, Divergent Paths, 1500 to the Present, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1988, 2nd edition, 1995.

Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1998.

The Origins of the Modern World: A Global And Ecological Narrative, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2002, 2nd edition published as The Origins of the Modern World: A Global And Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century, 2007.

The Origins of the Modern World: Fate And Fortune in the Rise of the West, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2007.

Contributor to books, including Sediments of Time: Environment and Society in China, edited by Mark Elvin and Liu Ts'ui-jung, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1998; and Pacific Centuries, edited by Dennis O. Flynn, Routledge (London, England), 1999. Contributor to periodicals, including Late Imperial China, Environmental History, Modern China, and Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars.