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The 104th Global History Seminar

Online seminar

Date and time: Friday, December 17, 2021 16:30-18:30 JST


Daniel Hedinger(LMU MÜNCHEN)

The Berlin –Rome –Tokyo Axis. From a Transnational to a Transimperial Perspective



The 103rd Global History Seminar

Online seminar

Date and time: Friday, November 19, 2021 16: 30-18: 30 JST

Facundo GARASINO(Research Fellow, JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development)

Japan's Last Colonial Frontier: Settler Migration, Development and Expansionism in the Brazilian Amazon


The 102nd Global History Seminar

Online seminar

Date: October 22, 2021 (Friday) 12: 00-14: 00 JST

Jon Davidann (Professor of History Hawai'i Pacific University)

The Limits of Westernization: American and East Asian Intellectuals Create Modernity, 1860-1960 Abstract

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The 101st Global History Seminar

Online seminar

Date and time: Friday, July 30, 2021 16: 30-18: 30 JST

Yuko Kobayashi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University)

Transpacific Visions: Connected Histories of the Pacific Across North and South



100th Anniversary Global History Seminar


Online seminar

Date: June 25, 2021 (Friday) 16: 30-18: 30 JST

AG Hopkins (Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge, UK)

The United States after 1783: an American or a British Empire?



The 99th Global History Seminar

Date and time: Friday, May 28, 2021 16: 30-18: 30 JST

Online seminar (English)

Hiroo Nakajima (Professor, Graduate School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)

Japanese Americanists' visions of the Asia-Pacific order: From the prewar to the postwar years





98th Global History Seminar

Date: April 23, 2021 (Friday) 16: 30-18: 30 JST

Online seminar (English)


Mihoko Oka (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo)

Japanese Silver and the Namban Trade in 16th Century Japan

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The increase in the production of Japanese silver, especially with the development of the Iwami Silver Mine, promoted Japan's involvement in the global economy. Kyushu Island, which had flourished with trade by Wokou and Chinese vessels in the previous decades. The Portuguese first came to the ports of the Satsuma region as clients aboard Chinese junks, then later in their own junks with Chinese crews. After Jesuit proselytization began in Japan, the trade came to be influenced by Jesuit intentions. Jesuits sought agreements with Japanese war lords who were interested in foreign trade through their ports with the intention of converting them to Christianity. The year 1562 was a turning point in the early Namban trade in The sense that the Jesuit influence over trade became more pronounced with the opening of the port of Yokoseura. However, even after that year, private Portuguese traders on Chinese junks did not cease going to ports without Jesuits frequented by Japanese merchants in orderto acquire Japanese silver. Recently, I analyzed one document in the Archivo Historico Nacional in Madrid that describes direct trade by the Portuguese in Yunotsu ( the port of the Iwami Mine) far from Nagasaki, which was the official port for the Namban tradefrom 1570 to 1639, indicating that private Portuguese traders from Macao continued their business in other ports of Japan outside Jesuit influence. Although my monographThe Namban Trade (Brill, 2021, forthcoming in July) analyzed the close ties between the Jesuits and Portuguese merchants, it might be noted that they did not necessarily always have common interests.


OKA Mihoko is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo. Her interests are broadly in the area of the maritime and economic history of East Asia in relation to European countries during the 16th to 17th centuries. She has also published Her main research interests and themes include Macao, Nagasaki, the Nanban Trade, Jesuits, Manila, the Red Seal Ship Trade, maritime history, merchants and the history of Christianity.


Publications in English: M. Haneda & M. Oka (eds.) A Maritime History of East Asia, Kyoto University Press, 2019.M.Oka. The Namban Trade (Brill, 2021, forthcoming in July)

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97th Global History Seminar

Date and time: Friday, March 19, 2021 12: 00-14: 00 JST

Online seminar

Jay Sexton (Kinder Institute, University of Missouri)

The British Empire after AG Hopkins' American Empire (← Click)

Jay Sexton is the inaugural Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History. A native of Salina, Kansas, he returned to the Midwest to the University of Missouri in 2016 after spending the better part of two decades at Oxford University in England. Sexton started in Oxford as a grad student Marshall Scholar and worked his way up to being Director of the Rothermere American Institute (RAI) and, upon his departure, being elected a Distinguished Fellow of the RAI and an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

Sexton specializes in the political and economic history of the nineteenth century. His research situates the United States in its international context, particularly as it related to the dominant global structure of the era, the British Empire. His most recent book, A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History (Basic Books, 2018), argues that international forces have shaped the course of US history during its greatest moments of transformative change.




The 96th Global History Seminar

Date and time: Friday, January 22, 2021 16: 30-18: 30

Online seminar

Hirokazu Tsurushima (Professor Emeritus, Kumamoto University)

"From'Water Territory'to'Beyond the Horizon'"

-Land lands, terra nullius and the global world- "

An approach to the medieval global history of Britain from the long eleventh- to the long sixteenth-century: Beyond the sea horizon

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