IV-3.”Trading Networks and the Role of the Entrepot in Southeast Asian History”(H22-23 FY2010-2011)

  • Project Leader : Kawamura Tomotaka (Faculty of Humanities, University of Toyama)
  • Collaborators : Sugihara Kaoru (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Ota Atsushi (Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica)
  • : Nishimura Takeshi (Faculty of Economics, Kansai University)
  • : Hisasue Ryoichi (Inter-disciplinary Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economics, JETRO)
  • : Miyata Toshiyuki (Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • : Kakizaki Ichiro (International College of Arts and Sciences, Yokohama City University)
  • : Koizumi Junko (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Shimada Ryuto (Faculty of Economics, Seinan Gakuin University)

Outline of Research

Southeast Asia saw a great transformation in the course of colonization and its incorporation into the world economy between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. According to recent research, traditional networks of intra-southeast Asian trade were never destroyed but reorganised and developed under new political and economic conditions in the 19th century. By sharing relevant information and evidence, this project aims not only to assemble and synthesize the latest knowledge on the subject but also to create new perspectives for Southeast Asian history as a whole.


Along with recent progress of studies in intra-Asian trade, the tendencies concerning long-distance trade between Europe and Asia, and intra-Asian regional trade among India, China, Japan and other Asian countries, studies in intra-Southeast Asian trade have also gradually made progress. This project aims to assemble and synthesize the latest knowledge, and pioneer a new field of the history of intra-Southeast Asian regional trade between the end of the 18th and the mid- 19th centuries.

At present, there is no collaborative project of young Japanese researchers who are specialised in the economic history of Southeast Asia in Japan. Other projects partly cover the region but do not necessarily focus upon it. It is hoped that this project will produce the outcome of an important new trend through intensive discussions among members.

All of the project’s members are historians, who often utilize CSEAS’s library and should also be well-acquainted with the archival value of sources and books held there. Through this collaborate research, they will access library resources, as well as keep in constant touch with the CSEAS staff and foreign research fellows.