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CJS Thursday Noon Lecture Series | The Curious Case of Aoto Fujitsuna

Ethan Segal, Associate Professor of History, Chair of the Japan Council, Michigan State University
Thursday, November 9, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
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Although best known for its dramatic battle scenes, the medieval war tale Taiheiki also introduces Aoto Fujitsuna, a minor government official who becomes famous by offering a valuable lesson on economic principles. Who was Aoto and how did he become so famous? What does the inclusion of his story in Taiheiki reveal about an expanding medieval economy? And how have pre-modern economic ideas been received by early modern and modern people?

Ethan Segal is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Japan Council at Michigan State University. He earned his PhD at Stanford University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo, and served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, published in 2011, as well as a variety of articles and book chapters, including a forthcoming piece in the journal Ajia yūgaku. Topics of his research include monetary history, women and gender, and the ways in which Japan and its history are depicted on television. Professor Segal spent last year on a research leave at Waseda University working on a new project exploring premodern Japanese economic thought; this lecture draws in part on that research.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Economics, History, japan
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures