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Keynote lecture on Global History in Japan

Jul 03, 2015

Interpretations of world history in Japanese academia were the topic of a lecture by Prof. Masashi Haneda (Tokyo University). It took place on July 4 at 6 pm at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It was the second keynote lecture of the conference "Global History and the Meiji Restoration" organised by Prof. Harald Fuess.

In his lecture "Global History and a New World History in Japan", Prof. Haneda talked about his work reviewing the Japanese interpretation of the history of the world. Other Japanese scholars with the same goal use the expression "gurobaru hisutorii" (global history) to describe their approaches. Prof. Haneda, however, explained why he prefers the term "atarashii sekaishi" (new world history). The reason lies in the history of Japanese historiography on world history, which he will outline during his talk. He will then discuss the shortcomings of the Japanese approach to world history and how he intends to overcome them.

The lecture "Global History and a New World History in Japan" took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre on July 4 at 6 pm. The event was one of the keynote lectures at the international conference "Global History and the Meiji Restoration" which took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from July 3 to 5. The event was organised by Prof. Harald Fuess. It was the second of three international conferences in an international multiyear project to facilitate international and interdisciplinary discussions in advance of the 150-year commemoration of Japan’s Meiji Restoration. The project was initiated by Yale University, Wakeforest University and the Cluster of Excellence "Asia an Europe".

Prof. Masashi Haneda is Professor of history at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia at Tokyo University. His main research topics are world history, history of the East Asian maritime world, Islamic urban studies and Iranian history of the 16th-18th centuries. Professor Haneda also served as Vice-President for International Affairs at Tokyo University.


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