Coins, Trade and Japan’s Medieval Monetization

Conférence de Mikael ADOLPHSON, Professeur à l’Université de Cambridge, dans le cadre du séminaire « Aux origines de la mondialisation : histoire économique comparée Asie Europe, 1500-2000 », organisé par François Gipouloux (CCJ-CNRS) et Aleksandra Kobiljski (CCJ-CNRS ), le 2 avril 2019.


This talk provides a fresh analysis of economic agency in twelfth century Japan, a pivotal time in the rise of warriors to national prominence. However, neither the monetization of Japan’s economy nor the multiple agencies behind the economic developments in the twelfth century can be explained only through the eyes of the ruling class. Whereas earlier studies have relied solely on textual sources, we can now approach the question from different disciplinary angles and build on interdisciplinary methodologies. This new appreciation is made possible today by  availability of new sources, better databases of existing sources, and a recent spurt of archeological excavations. In addition, a variety of sources have become more readily available in China, providing opportunities for inter-regional research and analyses. By bringing together archeological, historical and other cultural sources, and by using computer technology in cross-referencing their locales and textual references, Professor Adolphson aims to not only explain “Japan’s first economic miracle,” but also offer an alternative model of economic development in medieval societies in general.

Mardi 2 avril 2019, de 11h à 13h
EHESS 
(salle A07-51) – 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

Yasuko D'Hulst

Ingénieure d'études, Chargée de valorisation scientifique

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Ingénieure d'études, Chargée de valorisation scientifique

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